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October 2016

When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
U-Like Oriental Buffet,
5101 N. Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704 United States
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SB - Todd Bostwick - 400x230

In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts --  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears -- generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story…

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