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York and was presented/aired thrice on C-Span Book TV in July and August, 2009 in USA.1

AFRICAN ROCK-ART/SYMBOLS AS A LOST WRITING SYSTEM:

The Catherine Acholonu Research Center has been carrying out break-through cultural,

linguistic and anthropological research since 1990 on  African Pre-History. Most of its findings,

published under various titles have  brought  new, ground-breaking  information  to change

globally accepted, but erroneous notions that indigenous Africans had no history, no form of

writing, no organized technology and no part in the making of human civilization.

In 2005, the Catherine Acholonu Research Center published the first in what it calls The

African Adam Series, under the title The Gram Code of African Adam – Stone Books and Cave

Libraries: Reconstructing 450,000 Years of Africa’s Lost Civilizations. That book won for Dr.

Catherine Acholonu, the award of Professor of African History and Philosophy from Pilgrims

University and Theological Seminary, Africa Campus, Aba, Nigeria.  The Gram Code was an

attempt at understanding African Rock Art and traditional symbols as means of expression,

communication and information storage. Co-authored with Dr. Ajay Prabhakar, an Indian

software technology engineer, the 480-page book was an analysis of pre-historic inscriptions on

the ancient monoliths, located in the forests and village-squares in Ikom local community in

Cross River State, Nigeria. It was also an analysis of cave art, paintings and inscriptions located

in North, West, East and Southern Africa. Our findings and conclusions based on these

studies and analyses, were that Pre-Historic Africans used cave art and rock inscriptions as

means of expression, communication and information storage, most of which were

embedded in ritual practices of indigenous peoples. Our findings were presented at several

1 (Video, available online. To watch the video, Google ‘They Lived Before Adam C-Span Library

Video’ or They Lived Before Adam Harlem Book Fair Video).

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