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January 16, 2019 09:10PM
was mentioned on History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. I started searching and found this book published last year [www.amazon.com]

There is another book authored by Zena Halpern but after reading some reviews decided to purchase the book by Donald Ruh.

The Cremona Document was purchased in 1971 by Dr. William Jackson from a Mr. Benvenuto in Italy for 12000 Lire, about US $675 at that time.
It was partly written in Theban alphabet as a substitution cipher. The document is presumed to be an “encoded copy of an original document written in Latin in the 12th century but transcribed as late as the 1700s”. The first part is believed to have been written about 1098 to 1114 AD. Some pages are missing and some portions of the script are unreadable due to holes in the paper. There are several parts to the document, the most interesting of which is titled “A YEAR WE REMEMBER”. This is a deposition by Ralph de Sudeley a Templar Knight.

De Sudeley recalls when he and 5 other Templars entered a cave system under the city of Jerusalem. They enlarged a hole in the southern outer city wall and entered through chambers where corpses had been left to decompose. After descending through numerous tunnels one of the group nearly fell into a deep pit lined with metal spikes. They dug through a wall of mud and logs and entered a large cavern. Inside they found a sacrifice altar and a box with clay tubes sealed with wax that contained scrolls. They also found “small elongated blocks of gold each stamped with a seal that Beaumont recognizes as that of the Ivri King Solomon.” In another box were 5 devices one of which was obviously a compass and another 3 were celestial navigation aids and the 5th some sort of coding device. (this is interesting because the compass was not used in Europe until the 1300s)

In the next readable section he described preparations for a voyage to a land called Onteora far to the west. At the court of the King of the North they picked up a “priestess of the Goddess” named Altomara who had been to Onteora and would be their guide. They departed on 6 ships with 140 men and women and some horses. “The women fight with the men and are held equal by them. A strange practice to us.”

They set sail North by Northwest and then West from a place called “Gwynedd” and make landfall in a fortnight. He mentions “about a dozen mud huts”. Wonder if these might have been ‘turf houses’ in Greenland? Two of the ships remained and the other 4 continued on to “an island of oak trees” where one ship was “laden with ‘wode’ and will return”. They also sent back the maps and navigational devices used on the voyage.

The next leg of the voyage was beset by a lack of wind and fog. One ship struck rock or ice and eventually sunk another retreated offshore and disappeared. They eventually reached the mainland and send the one remaining ship back.

After helping defend a native American tribe from an enemy attack the party headed down the coast to a large river. As they traveled inland they encountered a group of tall, light skinned people some with blond hair and blue eyes that spoke the same language as in Gwynedd. These are referred to as “people of the Goddess”.

Eventually they made contact with a tribe called "Lan-ap-pee" and met with their ‘great healer’. During this meeting they are attacked by a tribe from the West and Altomara was killed and De Sudeley was wounded but most of the attackers were killed. Altomara was cremated and her ashes with grave goods were interred in a small cave on the mountain. Several scrolls were recovered from the cave.

De Sudeley recovered from the arrow wound and new guides led them south and west to a group called the "Co-Han". “They look to me as the Ivri. They wear a small hat of woven grasses upon the top of their heads and unlike the natives of this place all have much facial hair and long beards. They are of a darker color than those of the Goddess but lighter than those of the native peoples.”

They later travel South to a large “salt river” and over the winter build a boat “in the style of the North men”. Two moons later the12 survivors made it back to Gynedd. De Sudeley was rewarded with ”a Command of the Garrison at Petra”.
“God has certainly protected the location of the Temple of the Goddess and the disks as now the Holy Father can only hear of it from one of the Order ot the Knights Templer.”

“I state that all of the the above is as I remember it and to so place my sign and name below to so attest this by the Grace of God in the year of our Lord 1180. (MCLXXX)"

Dr William (Bill) Jackson died March 24, 2000. He willed all his notes to Donald Ruh. Donald Ruh had accompanied Bill Jackson on several camping trips in the Catskill Mountains of New York State in search of archeological evidence mentioned in The Year We Remember. They believed they found the cave where Altomara’s ashes and grave goods were buried and where the scrolls were previously hidden on Hunter Mountain. Also they made a trip to Newfoundland to dive on the shipwreck mentioned above. Dating on the wood was “inconclusive” (maybe 1000 to 1500 years old).

Another document is titled How to Drink the Sea. This has a sketch of a small pot inside a larger pot with an inverted conical cover. Sea water is placed in the
annulus between the pots and the larger pot is heated. The steam from the sea water will condense on the cone and drip into the smaller pot in the center. This would have provided fresh drinking water for extended voyages into unknown territory where no fresh water source could be found.

It is remarkable that this document has survived. De Sudeley is a documented historical figure from England. The document could be a hoax but why would anyone with that historical knowledge go to all the work to create a fake document? Also the archeological evidence supports some elements of the story.

I have suspected that knowledge of lands across the Atlantic existed in Europe long before Columbus. The Icelandic Sagas were considered myths before L'Anse aux Meadows was discovered in the 1960s. Then there is the story of Hvitramanaland also from the Sagas. Some still consider the Kensington Rune Stone with the date of 1362 to be a forgery but recent research strengthens the evidence that it is genuine. Then there are English custom records from the 1380s showing Basque traders selling rolls of beaver pelts when beaver were nearly extinct in Europe.

For the skeptics here is Jason Colavito’s review of Zena Halpern’s book [www.jasoncolavito.com]

"The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil"

-- Sheikh Zaki Yamani

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