Dr. Jack Ward
by Dr. Jack Ward
Introduction by Harry Hubbard
Dr. John A. Ward: 9-6-12 to 6-17-91
Museum Curator, Geologist, Artifact Collector/Dealer, Author, Composer, Musician
The following document was written by John Ward in the mid 1980's. It is the first article by JW that we are privileged enough to have placed on this Website with the permission of his surviving descendants who coincidentally wish to see Burrows hung as high as we. Jack Ward's writing style shows extreme scholarship and methodology. His articulation is always approached with a systematic flavor to deliver his topic point by point with a linear thread. This style is best seen in the 3 John Ward books that we offer in our catalog. I (Harry) for one, am a big John Ward fan and greatly appreciate his family for allowing me access to his essays, reports and papers. Jack Ward wrote more about the ambiguous "Burrows Cave" before anyone else. The alleged Professors, Doctors and Scholars who followed him are a great distance behind. JW was the first 'Pro' to be heading down the right direction and of course, he had to fight Burrows who lied about him and slandered him just as he does me and so many others today. Burrows' tactics are well known and easily recognized and will always be dealt with accordingly.
We are proud to offer through our catalog 3 essays by JW, 2 about Burrows Cave and one about the Wabash Underground Aquifer. He wrote other books such as "Ancient Archives Among the Cornstalks" which is now an underground Classic concerning ancient civilizations inhabiting the Midwest. There also exists an equally magnificent work which he never named or published that is over 60,000 words long about his studies and conclusions concerning the artifacts Burrows was stealing and selling to him. There are only 3 copies of this book that I know of: I, having one, and the family members having 2. The public, I feel, is not ready to appreciate JW to his fullest potential, however, as we forage onward, they will be soon. Part of the reason for not making Jack's work totally available is because he often referred to the exact location of the Burrows Cave site. JW also wrote 2 other very well constructed dissertations that I have knowledge of that are not available at this time. What I appreciate most about reading Jack's work, is the opportunity to see how this brilliant man's mind ticked. Some people just seem to have the knack of concentration, and he was one of them.
Before you is an excerpt from Jack Ward's personal autobiography.
About Your Observer
I am John A. Ward of Vincennes, Indiana, a retired stone marketer employed by two different Limestone producers, one at East St. Louis, Illinois and one at Mitchell, Indiana, over a span of forty six years. It has been my concern to research and become aware of any local deposits of stone in the area of Southern Illinois south of US 40.
Mr. Russ Burrows of Olney, Illinois informs me that he has found a strata of stone outcropping at an undisclosed exact location, being east of Illinois Highway 37, west of US 45, North of Illinois Highway 15, and south of US 50.
To my knowledge there does exist several outcroppings of a poor grade limestone, overlain with a sandstone cap, but to my knowledge, none of which are of sufficient thickness or grade character to warrant commercial production. These same ledges outcrop at Dix, Ill. and Omega, Illinois, the former being just west of Illinois Highway 37 and the latter being two or three miles north of US 50, north of Iuka, Ill. Local quarry operations have been operative in these two locations for forty years. The approximate locale of the outcrop found by Mr. Burrows is southeast of Iuka and east of Dix.
As a practical geologist, I do know that it is quite common, that the general characteristic of this massive ledge of stone that it is supported on shale or unconsolidated material and quite often water flows have seeped in under the ledge providing a cavernous effect; such eroded places are often used as habitats or dens of all sorts of wild animals over the past 10,000 years.
I accept Mr. Burrows' statement that the location he has generally outlined to me, that stone outcropping in that area does exist and the remoteness of such locations is sufficient reason for their not being generally known earlier, other than to the local residents of the immediate area.
I have been the Director of Sonotabac Prehistoric Mound Museum at Vincennes, In. since 1974 and am President of "Old Northwest Corporation" which is the owner of that museum property.
I am a member of the following professional and scholarly organizations:
I have, since 1977, had the occasion to come into possession of several hundred stones with inscriptions on them and have practiced the technique of deciphering the message inscriptions they bear.
By my research in decipherment of several of these inscribed stones using scholarly interpretive guides as prepared for the Agasiz Museum at Harvard, and the Occasional Publications of the Epigraphic Society produced credential messages of people who claimed to be of the native land of visitors whose credential stones claimed to by visitors from Nubia. The inscriptions were Ancient Libyan script and Egyptian Hieratic symbols. The situation described on the credential stones when researched in ancient history could only have happened circa 726 BC. The stones were found on the farm fields in the vicinity of Vincennes. The details of the decipherments are on display at the Sonotabac Prehistoric Indian Mound Museum.
Other findings by other scholars in Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, attest that a great migration occurred from Northern Africa and most of the inscriptions were made by peoples using the ancient Libyan language, which was universally used all over northern Africa. All of Africa except the delta of Egypt, was called Libya.
These colonist which came to America, a land they called "Asqa Samal", were sent here to seek sources of copper nodules, which they found in the glacier moraine south of present day Lafayette, In. Using the Amerind peoples of the Wabash Valley for labor, they rafted the copper, which they called Stony Place Metal, down to a gathering station where Vincennes is today. There it was loaded in boats and taken to a staging area they called the hermitage, which conclusive evidence of investigation of this researcher was Poverty Point in Northeast Louisiana, at that time the river we call the Mississippi, flowed past Poverty Point. Here Phoenician mariners would come and trade wit colonist for Stony Place Metal. Mr. Mitchell Hillman the archaeologist and curator of Poverty Point informed this researcher on January 9, 1984, that they had found an "uncommon amount of copper residue in spots all over the area around Poverty Point and that its presence was an enigma".
These colonist were the Mound Builders. They were Sun Worshippers and were devoutly religious.
I have examined an array of artifact specimens that Mr. Burrows contends he removed from a cave or cavern underneath such a ledge as described earlier.
The artifacts are stone sculptures of apparent ceremonial nature. They bear inscriptions of an ancient language. One particular sandstone sculpture is a face surrounded by a feathered headdress. This is similar to the same type of sculptured artifact found in a cave on the Virginia-Kentucky border by a Mr. Sarlo Carloftis, who has them on display in his establishment in Fort Sequoyah Indian Village, near Livingston, Kentucky.
Inscriptions on Mr. Burrows' finding are in Ancient Libyan script. A decipherment is in progress by this researcher. A part of the inscription reads as follows:
"in land that belonged to rodents, of great men belonging together, come with testimony ---?--- wilderness"
The cave purported to be the site of this find, is reasonable to assume it was like in a fox's den. A fox may be termed a rodent.
Also among the assemblage recovered by Mr. Burrows are stone sculptured animal heads resembling those that have been recorded by Mr. Caroftis. There is an Afro styled human head, with thick lips which appears typical of sculptures found in Egypt or Nubia. The slate pallets are similar to such pallets used in eastern Africa recovered by archaeologist working along the Nile River Valley.
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