Researching on Homo erectus and possible entry routes into America from the Old World, I suggested (Out of Africa and into America - H. erectus), transatlantic route in crude rafts. Further reading on rock art and Tehuelche sculptures (looking for H. erectus depictions), led me to some strange stone artifacts found in Patagonia that represent snakes and, symbols. This is very odd, because, the Tehuelche like all native South Americans, did not write (no letters or numbers. No symbols). Mesoamerica is another case and the Mayas could read and write in special symbols.
The snakes interested me, because, there are fossils of giant snakes in Patagonia, that come from precisely the same place that these engraved stones did: Chubut province, Argentina. (Read more on Giant Patagonian snakes).
These Patagonian symbols (see them in the image above, on top of the snake), according to some researchers who studied them, are Semitic, and were engraved by some Hebrew navigators who somehow reached Patagonia.
I was about to dismiss the whole stuff as a fraud when I came across an older publication which mentions these stones. So I filed the information and just left it there. Wondering if it could have any relationship with Patagonian myths and beliefs regarding "monsters".
Then I came across more data regarding Phoenicians in Brazil (yes, they were purportedly taken by the same currents and trade winds that would have pushed H. erectus across from Africa). Phoenicians were good sailors and, in fact sailed around Africa from the Red Sea to the Delta of the Nile. Later expeditions from Carthage (originally a Phoenician Colony) reached Cameroon and maybe even further south. They could have, in theory reached America.
So, once again people from the Western Mediterranean are linked to Southern South America. Could they have influenced the locals? Did any of their myths permeate local culture? Are their genes mixed with the native American's?
I know that none of this has any relationship with cryptozoology (or if it does, it is very tenuous), but I am still intrigued by the strange snakes depicted in the carved stones and who were the people who carved them. The image above shows one of these snakes.
So, I will be writing about this in my next posts. You may find it quite amusing, as I will go beyond the usual "copy paste" found in most blogs and forums, and get to the documents. Some of which are in Spanish or Portuguese, so the English reader will appreciate my translations.
To be continued...
 Antonio Garcés,(1951). Libro del Cincuentenario de Comodoro Rivadavia, 1901-1951. Aspectos de la Arqueología Patagónica. Chap. 29.
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