The Newark “Holy Stones”: Science, Politics, and Religion in 19th Century Ohio
Sponsored by SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
AIA Society: 
Dayton
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location:
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
2301 West River Road
Dayton, OH
United States

The “Holy Stones” are a series of carved and polished stones bearing Hebrew inscriptions, said to have been found in the ancient mounds near Newark, Ohio in the 1860s. They were seized upon by those who believed “savage” Indians could not have built Ohio’s mounds, but have been considered frauds since the late 1800s. However, some enthusiasts have recently claimed they might be authentic. What are the “Holy Stones?” Are they evidence of pre-Columbian visitations by ancient Hebrews? If they are clever frauds, what were the perpetrators’ motives?

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Andrew Sawyer
937-268-8199

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