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New Information on Glozel:
Two Books about the Site and Recent Scientific Analyses
Photo by Robert Liris
 

 

 
"Glozel, Bones of Contention," by Alice Gerard, was published by iUniverse in 2005. The book is is available at amazon.com, iUniverse.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Alice and Sam Gerard first heard of the controversial French site of Glozel in 1954, when they met Harry Söderman, formerly head of Interpol, who was renting a house in their community in order to write his memoirs. Söderman had just been sent several engraved bones from the site in the hopes that he could find someone to perform carbon-dating on them. Sam Gerard was working at Lamont Geological Observatory, which had just set up a lab for C-14 dating, and tried to have the dating done there. But prejudice against the site made that impossible and the Gerards forgot about Glozel until they retired in the 1990s.

Since then, the Gerards have crossed the Atlantic a dozen times in their efforts to help solve the mystery of the site, which has been called the "Dreyfus Affair" of archaeology. Accusations of fraud made by members of the archaeological establishment have contributed to the stormy history of Glozel during the last 80 years. The book describes the exhaustive attempts Alice and her husband have made, working with researchers from the US, Scotland, Belgium, France, and Switzerland, to understand the tombs, the tablets covered with unknown writing, the bones engraved with reindeer, and the phallic idols found at the site. In the process the Gerards made and lost good friends, became informed about a number of esoteric subjects, and finally developed a theory that might explain Glozel. The story is not finished; they hope the site will be recognized as authentic while Emile Fradin, who discovered the first artifacts in 1924, is still alive.

Alice Gerard has lived in Palisades, New York since 1941. After studying archaeology at the University of New Mexico, she married at twenty, had three children, and became a teacher and school administrator. She happily returned to archaeology after her retirement in 1990: this book is the result of the work she and her husband Sam have done at Glozel since then.
 

 
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