On the edge of a little town called Heavener, OK lies a park dedicated to the history of Oklahoma's only runestone. A giant boulder with an inscription on it dating back to a time no expert can agree on. Some say it's ancient, which wouldn't be completely out of the question. There are several runestones found across the United States, most famously the Kinsington Stone found in Minnesota, and the Norman's Land stone off the coast of Massachusetts. Experts seem to agree that the Norman's Land stone is fake, created in the 1900's... The Kinsington Stone seems to have been created in the 1800's... but the Oklahoma runestone is still up for debate.

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Apparently, when it comes to this stone, there is a chance it dates back to the 900's... That's the 10th century... but again, experts, scholars, and scientists can't confirm it. They all agree that it's likely something created by a Swedish immigrant in the 1800's, but the examination of the marks make that a hard assumption to declare. After all, there are no stones found to be this early even in Iceland and Greenland, and that's where Scandinavians eventually settled. Still, it's an interesting mystery.

There are a few other runstones around the same area. Stones have been documented from Shawnee, Pawnee, and Poteau, but they were all found to be made in the last hundred years as a hoax... Still, the Heavener stone remains the mystery.

If you'd like to go check it out, it's huge by the way, Heavener is a quite a drive out into Meth-Country Oklahoma, but it'd be worth the trip if you're into that kind of stuff.

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