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America BC: Ancient Settlers in the New World

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Druids in Vermont? Phoenicians in Iowa? These are just a few of the interesting bits of information contained in this volume of American pre-history. This groundbreaking work shatters many of the myths of America centuries ago.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published 1984 by Pocket Books (first published 1976)
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Erik Graff
Dec 28, 2012 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pre-Columbian fans
Recommended to Erik by: Amarynth Books
Shelves: history
This, to me, was a rather incredible book given its author's claims that North America was regularly visited by Europeans during the Bronze and Iron Ages. The focus is on the Celts, Celts ranging from the British isles to the Strait of Gibralter, Celts sometimes associated with Phoenician navigators.

The evidence for this claim is impressive. There are physical traces of three types. First there are the bronze items found in Amerindian burial sites. Tin supposedly not being available in useable f
Aug 05, 2011 Ron rated it it was amazing
Sadly, Fell has been accused of having crackpot theories by the boring, staid, conservative academics running the archaeology departments of our major universities, but he offers hard proof in a multi-disciplinary fashion that illustrates that most of what we believe about when North America was settled is wrong. Original thinkers are often ignored in their own time, but we do so at our own peril.
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
The book reads like a story of exploration and adventure. The cracking of old languages and their stories have always been fascinating to read for me. Fell's careful steps in describing the celtic and phonicean explorations and settlements in America is exciting. His recounting the naval battle Ceasar faced in Gaul was spot on considering most people don't consider the Celts as having any type of navy. I had just finished reading the "Conquest of Gaul" by Ceasar not even a few months ago and it ...more
Interesting and heavily illustrated contrarian look at American prehistory, drawing all sorts of unusual (and unwarranted?) conclusions from evidence that mostly looks to my untutored eye like tally marks engraved on stones. Amongst these conclusions are that ancient Phoenicians, Libyans, and Celts established colonies in the Americas, ranging from New England and Oklahoma in North America to Paraguay in South America. You wouldn't suspect it from his confident tone, but (according to the Wikipe ...more
Brad Belschner
Oct 25, 2009 Brad Belschner rated it it was ok
I'm not convinced the European presence in North America was nearly as extensive as Barry Fell implies. I'd like to see more research on this subject.

From Wikipedia:
To quote David H. Kelley, an archaeologist at the University of Calgary who is credited with a major breakthrough in the decipherment of Mayan glyphs, complained about Fell in a 1990 essay: "Fell's work [contains] major academic sins, the three worst being distortion of data, inadequate acknowledgment of predecessors, and lack of pre
Apr 19, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2011
Settlers in america BC were Egyptians, Lybians, Irish, Phoenicians etc. Loads of proof, swhich I beleive, has since been corroberated further.
Apr 20, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing
A must have for an alternate view of Ancient American History.
Jul 28, 2012 Eugene added it
Great Book, anyone intrested in history of the Northeast should start with this one.
Joe White
Pros: this book has some interesting ideas put forth by the author as an accumulated aggregation of ideas.The author has enough credentials both academically and professionally to deserve to be allowed to state his views and to have those ideas independently investigated. The historical sequences stated for the European background material pretty consistently appear to be correct as to a timeline-historical actions or events. Just doing Google research, and having read a few books on nautical hi ...more
Glenn Davis
Jan 16, 2017 Glenn Davis rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Great information and enough science and evidence to make a case without confusing or boring the reader. This should be taught in every high school and college in America. I suggest everybody in America read this book.
Sep 20, 2016 Merko rated it liked it
I very interesting read if you like history. The much of unknown/un-taught history of America is covered in detail.
Daniel Callister
Jan 28, 2015 Daniel Callister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun read, especially living in NH and so close to all the sites he and others investigate in this book. I'm pretty skeptical of a lot of his theories, and you definitely need to have an open mind to enjoy this book, but I found it to be an incredibly fun and interesting read. After you read this, I would highly recommend reading Vermont's Stone Chambers: An Inquiry Into Their Past by Giovanna Neudorfer. It is a historic and scientific survey of the stone chambers in VT and, honestly I am ...more
Nov 22, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Not everyone would agree that this classic is history. Fell interprets a number of 'ruins' as evidence that ancient Europeans visited N. America long before Columbus. When this was first published it was considered heretical, but since then a number of books have been published that suggest that there were many visits from Europe and, even perhaps, China to this continent in ancient times. these remain outside mainstream history but you get the sense that even there, a sea change is about to occ ...more
Inis Fal
Nov 18, 2015 Inis Fal rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely outstanding book! Barry Fell bring to light the amazing history of pre-colonial America and archaeological evidence missing from every history and text book in this country. Every page is laced with the thrill of discovery and amazing evidence of ancient civilizations coming to these shores, from Celtic Ogam to Iberian Punic, to Egyptian and Basque influence as well. Well written, and well worth the read, especially for any and all linguists out there interested in the conn ...more
Belinda Dickerson
Great book provides in-depth documentation. Dr. Fell reveals places in Tennessee and West Virginia and many more in America, gleaning ogam writings and the evidence of Christian values being valued and activated years before Columbus.
Jan 25, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A book that gives evidence for the pre-Columbian presence of Europeans and Africans in North America; his views are still considered radical, but I've run into similar statements even in some recent school textbooks, so things do move slowly forward.
Royce Ratterman
Feb 07, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2015 Randy rated it really liked it
Very interesting evidence of Celtic, Phoenician and Egyptian peoples that preceded Columbus in America.
Jul 05, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
I think most historians have egg on their face and refuse to admit that man migrated to the Americas by ship and over land 3 to 5 thousand years ago.
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