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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Narragansett Rune Stone Recovered

Approximately one year ago the Narragansett Rune Stone was stolen, the multi-ton boulder hoisted out of Narragansett Bay under the cloak of darkness. A few months ago the Rhode Island authorities secured the return of the artifact; it now sits in a warehouse at the URI campus in Narragansett. Recently we were given permission to film the artifact for the movie adaptation of "Cabal of the Westford Knight." Here are some images of the boulder and the carving, including the forklift marks suffered when the boulder was moved.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

David - thanks for posting this!
Glad it was secured finally.
Questions on the last photo...are those recent scrape marks from being moved around?
And...has it been translated ever? Hooked X and all..

-Walt

LeeAnne Rossio said...

They covered this is a recent episode of America Unearthed on H@ Channel. It's onDemand on Comcast right now. I'm watching it :)

David Brody said...

Walt, the latest translation I've heard is, "Refuge from the ice, here." That makes some sense as there is a sheltered cove nearby. The problem with runic translations is that the language is not exact, so there are many different opinions. And, yes, those marks far from being hoisted out of the water.

David Brody said...

LeeAnne, at the time they filmed America Unearthed I don't think the stone had been recovered yet.

Anonymous said...

I am watching the America Unearthed episode now. It is always amusing to listen to the connection to Freemasonry and the associated paranoia.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, the guy was nice enough to turn it over to the Museum, and make sure no markings were damaged. I
am glad its out the water, where it can be safely kept. I don't care what his motives were. The ends justify the means.

David Brody said...

I don't think he turned it over voluntarily, but I agree it is good to have it in a safe place...