Report from Indiana University (8/15/2023)

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All are welcome at the Phoenicia to see and feel ancient artifacts that are from the Old World in the Heartland.

Yesterday morning we visited America’s best linguistics department at Indiana University in Bloomington. Click here to see more information. This department has more than 90 faculty members and they have government support for the application of computer technologies for the study of lost and neglected languages.

Sunday night we participated in a Zoom meeting with 30 other people who are following the work of Brian Nettles. Click here to see his website and the remarkable collection of stones that are found here in America. The family member who owns and controls these stones was in the Zoom meeting. She is agreeable to working with Heartland Research. She is also a graduate of Indiana University and is pleased that we are working with the linguistics department.

Here are a few points that we brought to the attention of Indiana University faculty members.

(1) We are in the middle of the reconstruction of the Phoenicia on the banks of the Mississippi in Montrose, Iowa. You know Philip Beale and his ship. We have already brought the ship to the attention of hundreds of thousands of Americans. We plan that in the next year, we will be in touch through the internet with millions of Americans.

(2) Our meeting last April with the Tunisian Ambassador in Washington, D.C. was successful. We want to include our friends in the ancient Phoenicians city of Carthage as well as the Ambassador in our plans for next year.

(3) We have museum insurance for the Phoenicia that covers $500,000. We plan to increase that amount to $1,000,000 so we would be able to give security for all artifacts that are on loan to the Phoenician Ship Museum.

(4) Next to the Phoenician Ship Museum there is a beautiful space. Click here to see the site. Last month we rented this space for the Phoenician Ship Open House. We plan to rent the same space next summer for thousands of people to come to see the restoration of the ship and to consider the importance of the ancient connections between Carthage and America. We plan to get on loan from major museums artifacts that we would display for the public to see as we put together the pieces of the ship.

(5) We want to secure funding for next summer’s events in Montrose. In this connection, we cordially invite organizations and experts from both the Old and New Worlds. We know that there is an abundance of artifacts from the valleys of the Mississippi that connect to the ancient people who came thousands of years ago to America with their writing systems.

(6) We are involving the best linguists in America. Many of these scholars received their training from well-known European universities. We have already had several exchanges with Dr. Francis M. Tyers who has a PhD from the Universitat d’Alacant, in Spain. Dr. Tyers is an expert in computational linguistics as well as the study of neglected and lost languages. He has first-hand knowledge of the importance of the Phoenicians on the writing systems of the modern world. We plan to have a follow-up meeting with Dr. Tyers in a few days to discuss how we can begin to examine and understand the engraved characters of the stones from the John White Collection.


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2 thoughts on “Report from Indiana University”

  1. Christopher S.

    Has there ever been any research done or potential evidence found or suspected, that these people may have come up any of the other rivers in North America? Specifically rivers that are in the area of the current southeastern states. I’m just curious. Also, is there any evidence to connect these people and their shipbuilding skills to the school Learned by native Americans in building dugout canoes with sails?

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HRG History — by Jay Mackley

The Heartland Research Group is a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground organization that believes that the historical narrative of the Book of Mormon took place in the Heartland of North America. The HRG is active in archaeological research and in the acquisition, restoration and display of ancient American artifacts. The HRG is currently preparing an ancient ship replica called the "Phoenicia" for display. The ships construction design is patterned after a shipwreck dating to 600 BC. The Phoenicia ship made modern voyages, first around Africa and then also from the Middle East to Florida in 2019 – proving that voyages around Africa or from Sidon to North America were feasible anciently.

Heartland Research Inc is a 501c3 private operating foundation for archaeological research and to complete preparations for the Phoenicia display. Current plans are for a museum large enough to house the Phoenicia ship and many other ancient artifacts and exhibits from North America. The location of the museum is planned to be in Zarahemla which is Lee County Iowa, near the Mississippi river and east of Nauvoo, Illinois.

Our activities are too many to list, but some recent major expeditions are listed below. Many of these expeditions are open-ended and we expect to continue research in these and other similar activities as time, resources, and volunteers become available. We have dozens of volunteers and hundreds of donors, large and small, but we need many more. Check out the websites listed below for details of Heartland Research Group projects. Our current project is is our biggest yet: to refurbish the Phoenicia ship for display.

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We invite you to support our efforts so we can complete these worthy goals!
If you have skills or knowledge to contribute to our research and discovery projects, please contact us directly to volunteer.

  • What: Sonar scanning of Mississippi between Nauvoo and Keokuk. The purpose of the expedition was to discover a crossing route that ancient people could have taken.
  • Who: Heartland Research Inc volunteers.
  • Where: Between Keokuk and Nauvoo, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations of money, time and equipment.

  • What: Magnetic scanning of 221 acres of farmland near Montrose, Iowa. The purpose of the expedition was the discovery of fire-pits and other evidence of ancient occupation.
  • Who: Members of the Heartland Research Inc, local farmers, volunteers, plus technicians from German company SYNSYS. Signs of habitation were found with magnetometery scanning and then C14 dating.
  • Where: Near Montrose Iowa and between Montrose and Fort Madison Iowa.
  • How: Large and small donations of money, time and equipment.

  • What: A one week seminar in Fort Madison, Iowa with 25+ participants. Included visits to the Putnam museum in Davenport, Iowa. There were twelve presentations on the ancient history and written languages of the upper Mississippi.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus presenters and interested attendees.
  • Where: Fort Madison, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations for space, time and lodging.

  • What: Ground penetrating electrical resistivity scanning for building foundations using electrical resistivity equipment from LandVisor.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc and volunteers.
  • Where: Zarahemla in Lee County, Iowa.
  • How: Private donations and ground support.

  • What: Metal analysis for alloy content. Ancient arrow and spearhead found in Wisconsin stream of cast bronze.
  • Who: Heartland Research Group
  • Where: Sample found in Wisconsin stream by scuba diver.
  • How: Private donations for lab analysis.

  • What: High resolution LiDAR scanning by supporter Air Data Solutions of 34,000 acres in Lee County, Iowa and also part of Illinois. The focus was to create high quality digital maps showing the terrain of the land, especially in the foothill areas where large earthworks are found. Discovery of 5-10 miles of ancient earthworks from LiDAR using QGIS and ArcGIS visualization software.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus AirData Solutions Inc.
  • Where: Lee County, Iowa and also part of Illinois, covering the much of Nauvoo.
  • How: Private donations for services, data processing, and analysis.

  • What: Commence process of restoring the world's oldest ship replica from 600BC, which has circumnavigated Africa and crossed the Atlantic ocean from the Middle East to America.
  • Who: Members of Heartland Research Inc plus volunteers.
  • Where: Lee County, Iowa between Montrose and Fort Madison.
  • How: Private donations for materials, space, and equipment plus donations in labor.

Mission Statement

The Heartland Research Group researches archaeological evidence of the ancient civilizations of America.
Heartland Research Group activities include:

  • Field Research
    Uses archeological techniques and scanning technologies to reveal the remains of ancient civilizations.
  • Ancient Artifacts
    Encourages and facilitate study of ancient North American artifacts, including tablets, tools, weapons, metal works, and other items.
  • Geography
    Research and develop maps, using scanning technologies and other means, to identify the locations and activities of ancient civilizations.
  • Linguistics
    Analyze and translate ancient writings found in North America, especially those relating to other civilizations world wide.
  • Preservation and Display
    Collect, restore, preserve, catalog and exhibit ancient artifacts and replicas, and make them readily available to researchers and viewable to the public.
  • Archaeology, Geology, and History
    Study and research into all aspects archaeology, geology, and history that shed light on ancient North American peoples and cultures.
  • Promotion and Support
    Raise awareness of our activities. Work directly with and support individuals and groups in activities that share our same goals.
The Heartland Research Group welcomes researchers and interested parties of all backgrounds to share their analysis and findings of ancient American heartland civilizations.

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