Confusion on dating
." Back to such as that later, but before leaving what "L.
S." of Smithsonian said, I believe the atypical second and eighth runes were deliberately chosen because they can be taken in more than one way, Dr.
The few who had chanced upon it during 1800's and early 1900's wilderness walks or hunting expeditions thought that some strange markings upon it were connected with an old "Indian Rock." After all, even before U. governmental and military, "Trail of Tears," enforced removal of Choctaw Indians from their native lands in Mississippi to this remote wilderness commencing in 1830's, it was already an "Indian Territory." --With some French Indian mixtures. Kemmerer, educated school teacher that he was, knew that it appeared toi nclude a genuine linguistic "riddle" and that it should be decipherable.
(I think he has since retired from those positions).
Christine Houser and Jennifer Woodard were then and still are best friends.
At that time, even though located only about 2 miles from downtown of little city of Heavener, the Runestone rested in boulder-strewn, brush and tree and briar surrounded, rattlesnake infested wilderness.
He drew for the Smithsonian: I am not yet quite certain about the identity of the Smithsonian official who gave the initial assessment for their "Mr. Maybe I will decipher it later, or else contact Smithsonian about it. S." which appears to have been initials for the name."L.
S." pinpointed what has alwaysbeen a substantial interpretation problem: The second and eighth (as they had been presented) runes --from left to right-- are from a different runic alphabet. S.should have been presented with nine runes, but C. Kemmerer, like many to follow him, overlooked the short stroke perpendicular runic "S" that is next to right hand side of the runic "M," as I later picture, illustrate, and dsicuss.