Dr. James Frankki, of Sam Houston State University, has studied the Kensington Runestone in Minnesota and the Heavener Runestone in Oklahoma. Now he is taking look at a recently-discovered stone in Missouri.
The small stone is still partially buried on private property, although runes can be seen. According to Frankii, reading the runes on the stone are the easy part. Much more difficult will be authenticating the stone and placing it in history.
“One of the first problems is, if you carve something on a small stone then there’s always the chance that it could have been moved. Dating the inscription is different from dating the rock, and you can see the problems there. I’m not a geologist, but experts in geology have often tried and failed to give a credible dating of these inscriptions based on the rock. What you have to do in order to prove authenticity is to find other things in the area around it that match up, or you have to show that it couldn’t have been brought in,” said Frankii.