The Newport Tower

The Newport Tower
Medieval stone tower ... in Rhode Island. Does it look like any other Colonial structure you've seen? Recent carbon dating of the mortar indicates 1400s construction date (see post below).

The Westford Knight Sword

The Westford Knight Sword
Medieval Battle Sword ... in Westford, Massachusetts. Can anyone deny the pommel, hilt and blade punch-marked into the bedrock?

The Spirit Pond Rune Stone

The Spirit Pond Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription ... in Maine, near Popham Beach. Long passed off as a hoax, but how many people know the Runic language? And how is it that some of the Runic characters match rare runes on inscriptions found in Minnesota and Rhode Island? Carbon-dating of floorboards at nearby long house date to 1405.

The Narragansett Rune Stone

The Narragansett Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription ... in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. This Runic inscription is only visible for twenty minutes a day at low tide--is this also the work of a modern-day, Runic-speaking hoaxster?

The Westford Boat Stone

The Westford Boat Stone
Medieval Ship Carving ... in Westford, MA. Found near the Westford Knight site. Weathering patterns of carving are consistent with that of 600-year-old artifact. And why would a Colonial trail-marker depict a knorr, a 14th-century ship?

The Kensington Rune Stone

The Kensington Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription... in Minnesota. Forensic geology confirms the carvings predate European settlement of Minnesota--so did Runic-speaking Native Americans carve it?

The Hooked X Rune

The Hooked X Rune
Medieval Runic Character ... on inscriptions found in Maine, Minnesota and Rhode Island. But this rare rune was only recently found in Europe. This conclusively disproves any hoax theory while also linking these three artifacts together.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Narragansett Rune Stone Recovered

Happy to report that the Narragansett Rune Stone has been recovered by RI authorities working with the RI Attorney General. The artifact, a large boulder sitting in Narragansett Bay, had been removed/stolen last summer, purportedly by an abutting land owner who apparently didn't appreciate its possible connections to ancient exploration of the area. The good news is that, now that the boulder is on land, the artifact can be preserved and studied. Here's a short article:

http://eastgreenwich.patch.com/articles/narragansett-rune-stone-returned-to-be-tested#photo-14125930

3 comments:

Jason Hawke - said...

Frankly, given the man's attitude, I'm a little surprised he didn't destroy it. Or, at least, contrive to obliterate the markings.

David Brody said...

Jason, I think he wanted it more as a trophy...

Anonymous said...

No prosecution will be attempted, but if you pick up just one of thousands of broken native arrowheads on any state land they will definitely write you up !
Sounds like this guy has friends in the right places!