Saga America

by Barry Fell.Times Books, $15.00. Dr. Fell, who specializes in deciphering as Libyan or ogam (to name only two) what have previously been considered inexplicable Indian rock doodlings, is undoubtedly the most persuasive of those people who maintain that half the world’s Kilroys roamed around North America before Columbus. He would be just as persuasive if he omitted from his mass of evidence objects which have disappeared, coins found years ago in circumstances which cannot now be established, and inscriptions sketched in the field by archaeologists who have never been able to find their way back to the same rock. His magpie enthusiasm provokes the suspicion that Dr. Fell is overstating his case, but when the dubious items are discarded, an intriguing case remains. Illustrations, maps, index.