Bourne stone


Bourne stone

The Bourne Stone is an archaeological curiosity located in the town of Bourne, Massachusetts.

The object is a 300 pound chunk of pink granite, upon which two lines of carvings were made. For many years it served as the doorstep for a meetinghouse in Bourne. It is currently on display at the museum of the Bourne Historical Society.

The controversial amateur epigrapher Barry Fell claimed that the carvings were made in Iberian script and read as follows:

A proclamation. Of annexation. Do not deface. By this Hanno takes possession.

Fell asserted that "Hanno" referred to Hanno the Navigator, which, if true, would date the stone to about 570 BC and offer evidence that the Carthaginians crossed the Atlantic in ancient times.

Archaeologists and historians do not take these claims seriously and presume that, if the stone is anything more than a hoax, the carvings were made by Native Americans.

External links

* [http://www.explorenewengland.com/travel?article=articles/2006/05/14/code_of_mystery&page=3 "Explore New England article", printed in the Boston Globe]
*http://www.bournehistoricalsoc.org/bournestone.html - Bourne Historical Society's website containing information on the Bourne Stone.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stone Cold Steve Austin — Born Steven James Anderson December 18, 1964 (1964 12 18) (age 46) Victoria, Texas, U.S …   Wikipedia

  • Mystery Stone (disambiguation) — Mystery Stone may refer to: The Bourne Stone in Massachusetts Grave Creek Stone of Moundsville, West Virginia The Heavener, Poteau, and Shawnee runestones of Oklahoma. The Ica stones of South America Kensington Runestone of Kensington, Minnesota… …   Wikipedia

  • Jason Bourne — First appearance Novel: The Bourne Identity Film: The Bourne Identity Last appearance Novel: The Bourne Dominion Film: The Bourne Ultimatum Created by Robert Ludlum …   Wikipedia

  • River Bourne, Kent — For an explanation of the various pieces of machinery mentioned, see Mill machinery. River Bourne The River Bourne enters the Medway Origin Ightham …   Wikipedia

  • St Mary Bourne — Infobox UK place country = England official name= St Mary Bourne latitude= 51.25 longitude= 1.39 civil parish= St Mary Bourne population = 1,226 (parish 2001 Census) shire district= Basingstoke and Deane shire county= Hampshire region= South East …   Wikipedia

  • Turkey Mountain inscriptions — refers to some markings etched on stone in Turkey Mountain, a large hill on the west side of the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Some of these have been described as Old World Records in Ancient America. [ In Plain Sight: Old World Records in… …   Wikipedia

  • Barry Fell — (born Howard Barraclough Fell on June 6, 1917 in Lewes, Sussex, England; died on April 21, 1994, of heart failure in San Diego, California) was a professor of invertebrate zoology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. His primary research …   Wikipedia

  • Hanno the Navigator — was a Carthaginian explorer. who flourished c. 500 BC. He was most well known for his naval exploration of the African coast. Etymology This Hanno is called the Navigator to distinguish him from a number of other Carthaginians with this name,… …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • Medway watermills (middle tributaries) — For an explanation of the various pieces of machinery mentioned, see Mill machinery. River Medway (Middle Tributaries) Legend …   Wikipedia