Chapter Twenty Eight.
Twin Pyramids of the New South Wales South Coast.
It seems inevitable that the shiploads of mineral-seeking explorers from the Be-row-ra Kingdom would have discovered the precious metals and gemstones of the New South Wales far south coast.
The adventurous Phoenicians upon finding Shoalhaven Heads would have sailed inland past present day Nowra on the Shoalhaven River, taking to hippos when their triremes could go no further; and when the hippos ran out of room, canoes would have been used, thus minimising a lot of walking, [they could have found gold as close as 20km inland from Nowra]. By this means worldwide the Phoenicians were able to discover mineral deposits, and they would have used the same methods in Australia.
If they followed the Shoalhaven deep inland, they would have found the gold-bearing country of the Braidwood-Queanbeyan districts as well as those further south.
Thus they would certainly not have ignored the Moruya River further south, following it inland into the adjoining Deua River to find the gold deposits which much later 19th century European prospectors would work.
They certainly found the Tuross River at Bodalla, which snaking deep inland would have carried triremes even to the edge of today’s Wadbilliga National Park. From here canoes would have carried the intrepid mineral seekers deep into the mountains where rich deposits of gold and copper awaited them, as well as a rich array of gemstones.
Evidence of at least two settlements came to light in 2001 when Heather and I chanced to explore areas along the Tuross River. We shall return to these sites later.
In the course of all our many years of field research, we have become aware that, wherever a major mineral-bearing region was discovered by the ancients, ceremonial pyramids have been established.
Mostly these have been shaped from available hills and mounts. Astronomical observations were certainly carried out upon those structures that had flat summits, yet there are many that rise steeply to a point. All are largely now covered by forest and scrub, but in antiquity were cleared of foliage. Such pyramid formations occur in the Braidwood, Moruya, Deua and Wadbilliga areas, to name but some.
As this book has already revealed the evolutionary beginnings of the pyramid form began with the Uru [Chapter Four], we have seen that the purpose of the true pyramid shape was a material representation of the sun’s rays. This concept survived, carried on from the Uru by the ancient Egyptians, who would bring it full-circle when they established their mining colonies in Australia and raised modified pyramid-hills and also others of stone with the same concept in mind.
Beginning in July 2001 Heather and I made our most important discoveries pointing to extensive mining operations on the New South Wales south coast.
We had been visiting various remote south coast mountain ranges, when by chance we arrived in Bodalla, through which flows the Tuross River. This river winds through isolated farming country at the foot of rugged forest-covered mountains, eventually to enter Wadbilliga National Park.
We stopped the car at a point where a farm property was immediately on our right and the riverbank immediately also on our left, dropping down a metre or so to a lengthy sand bar. We intended searching for fresh native animal tracks here, along the river’s edge.
It was here that I realised that, most of the river pebbles were red jasper and other gemstone rocks, tonnes of them. Jaspers were highly prized by the Phoenicians who polished them and turned them into jewellery.
Climbing a section of bank I was about to reach the edge of the road, when a large lump of grey coloured sandstone-type rock caught my eye, half buried in the hard ground, but displaying a few exposed engraved glyphs. Excitedly I set about digging the rock out with a knife.
Finally extracting it, I washed it in the nearby river. The glyphs were undoubted Egypto-Phoenician. Aside from Phoenician letterings I identified the Egyptian glyphs for “irrigation channels”, a Loop or cord, ‘temple’ and ‘gold’.
Nearby I picked up a large flat sandstone rock bearing Phoenician script upon both sides. By now I had forgotten all about searching for native animal tracks, and had shown Heather my finds. I now crossed the road to look in a nearby paddock overlooking the river, on the off chance there might be further inscribed stones to be found in this area, but failed to turn up any more.
Soon after we drove on, following the river deeper inland into the Wadbilliga wilderness. Eventually we reached an area of dense scrub where we stopped while I investigated the river.
Fighting my way over falling, rotting logs and pushing through shrubbery I suddenly emerged onto the edge of a wide, open grassy flat extending to the river some distance away, to see on the opposite side of the river, a 120m or so tall, pyramid mount rising up out of the forest, itself coated in tree cover.
It was here that I turned up no less than five large sandstone inscribed rocks in the course of a few minutes of searching. It was obvious to me that the area contained a lot more evidence, evidence of ancient settlement by miner-colonists who worked the extensive gold, copper and tin of the Wadbilliga.
Time was short so I had to leave this discovery until another day. So returning to Heather and telling her of the big find we then departed this region.
That night in a motel back on the coast, I began the arduous task of measuring, drawing and translating the inscriptions I had turned up.
I began with the grey sandstone-type rock from the edge of the Tuross River, which measuring 30cm tall by 20cm wide and 14cm thick bore an Egypto-Phoenician message:
“This land has been marked with irrigation
channels for growing crops at this location.
To this place we are bound.
Ya-ta has inscribed this stone at the temple
by the River of Ra where gold is found”.
This inscription revealed that extensive farming operations had been carried on here. The stone was probably left at the temple with an offering for a good harvest, which was the usual practice. But where was “the temple by the River of Ra?” This structure’s remains have yet to be identified. It is also interesting to know that the Tuross was called “the River of Ra”. And gold is still found today along that river, which a few thousand years ago was much higher than it is today, and would therefore have permitted large ships access to the settlement that once stood at this location.