On Poteau Mountain in Heavener Okalhoma, stands a slab of stone 12 feet tall, 10 feet wide and 16 inches thick. There are 8 deeply pecked runic letters.
In the 1830's several Choctau Indians saw the writing but could not read it. It is not Indian writing.
Many Oklahoma citizens saw it in the 1800's; and thinking it was Indian writing, they named it "Indian Rock."
In 1923 Carl Kemmerer of Heavener, sent the lettering to the Smithsonian. They identified the letters, saying they were runic inscriptions from Norway, but took no action. Why with their vast resources is the Smithsonian Institute not interested in studying Viking artifacts in North America, that predate the so called discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492? Does religion have anything to do with this dismissal of the Viking artifacts?
In 1948 Gloria Stewart Farley started a quest that she would be on for 38 years! This quest was to find out what the runic symbols said.
She has written a marvelous book "In Plain Sight" Old World Records in Ancient America.
She first saw the Heavener Runes in 1928. She and her girlfriend, Rosemary, hiked up Poteau Mountain. Rosemary's father, Carl F. Kemmerer guided them up the mountain to see what was then called "Indian Rock."
The sight of the big slab left a deep impression on Gloria Farley. But it wasn't until several years later when she was looking through a Sunday school paper that she knew what the writing on the slab was! It was an alphabet used by the ancient Scandinavians, the runes!
She tucked this knowledge safely away in the recesses of her mind.
In 1948 when Gloria, then the wife of J. Ray Farley and the mother of a small boy, read the story about the famous Kensington Runestone found in Minnesota. She sent a copy of the inscription to the Smithsonian.
She was told by the head curator of the Department of Archaeology that they had a copy of it sent in 1923 by Kemmerer. They replied that the characters were runic but that they believed somebody had made the inscriptions recently.
Then the Smithsonian did nothing. Once again they ignored a major Viking artifact that helped predate their arrival in this country before Columbus.
Gloria started on her quest in earnest.
She contacted Frederick J. Pohl of New York City, and author of several books on Norse explorations. He told her that the if the Vikings sailed to Russia, Ireland and England, then they surely could have reached Oklahoma via the Mississippi River, by rounding Florida and entering the Gulf of Mexico.
In 1968 a copy of the Runes came into the hands of Alf Monge of California. He was born in Norway and had been a cryptographer in the U.S. Army.
He said the Runes were numbers not letters and they stood for the date November 11, 1012. His theory was that they were written by the Viking crew of the Karlsefini's Dragon ship which had made it up the Mississippi.
There were many more Runic tablets found in the Poteau Mountain area. All were disregarded by the Smithsonian. Why does an individual like Gloria Farley have to spend her time and money digging out the the answer to this mystery?
Why does the Smithsonian spend millions digging up Native American artifacts? Why does it go to Egypt to dig, when we have ancient treasures proving the Vikings were here in North America?
Why does it dislike the idea that the Vikings were the first here?
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