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One of the 7,000 or more portrait stones removed from the
southern Illinois cave. This one appears to represent a military officer.
The exceptionally well-executed likeness of a high-ranking officer
from the southern Illinois cave.
The profile of a Semitic priest, as indicated by his ritual pony-tail and Hebrew
inscription at left, although the inscription at bottom is Numidian,
a North African written language.
This Christ-like profile from the southern Illinois cave features the Hebrew word for Yahweh at the top; a foliated cross at left, and, beneath it, the glyph for Alexander Helios, the son of Queen Cleopatra who may have led North African refugees to North America
in 41 A.D.
A gold coin from the southern Illinois cave features Cleopatra's elephantine
emblem and a Numidian inscription.
This portrait of a soldier from the southern Illinois cave features the representation
of a comet or meteor at the top. Bottom-right is the Phoenician numeral for "27",
perhaps the age of the man depicted on the stone.
Judging from his helmet, this warrior portrayed on a stone from the southern
Illinois cave belonged to the Roman Era equivalent of a "special forces" unit.