Fuente Magna is the name given to a large vase found in 1958 in Bolivia, with the peculiarity of having some inscriptions with a cuneiform alphabet along with inscriptions in a local language and drawings of typical animals of the Americas.
This is an important finding because it may demonstrate the correlations between the Sumerians and pre-Columbian populations.
The vessel was found by accident by a farmer while working in its own land belonging to the Majon family. After handing it over to the owner of the land, the latter gave it to the municipality of La Paz in exchange for new land.
The voice of this discovery began to spread and reached the ears of a Bolivian archaeologist Max Portugal Zamora, who decided to go see it and study it.
He tried to translate the inscriptions but, unfortunately, was not successful. The vase was then placed in the “Museo de los metales preciosos” for several years,
until two other scholars, Bernardo Biados and Freddy Arce, decided to study it.
They went to Bolivia and began collecting information. They were put in touch with Maximilian, an elder aged 92, who had recognized the photo of the vase.
Maximilian said to have used the vase as a plate to feed the pigs, but that’s all the information they gathered from him.
The two researchers then sent photos of the artifact to another scholar, Clyde Ahmed Winters, in the hope that he could decipher the cuneiform inscriptions. Dr. Winters said he managed to decipher the inscriptions, but we do not know for sure if his translation is accurate.
In any case, the language is supposed to be proto-Sumerian and dates back to about 5000 years ago. In his translation, Dr. Winters indicates that the vessel was used for libations in the rites to honor the goddess Nia.
Does this mean that the Sumerians had already reached the Americas 5000 years ago? That would explain the jar but not only that: the local language has many similarities with the Sumerian language.
As with all great discoveries there are also skeptics, who think that the vase is a fake, but Dr Winters is sure of the authenticity of the finding.
After all, the Sumerians were skilled navigators and we know for sure that they managed to sail to India.
Were they also able to circumnavigate Africa and arrive in the Americas? Is it possible that some of them remained in the new continent, influencing local language and religions?
This vessel seems to be the proof of that.