UPDATE: Scott Wolter's talk on the Bat Creek Stone at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Saturday Jan 28th has been cancelled due to unavoidable conflicts in his schedule.
Scott Wolter, forensic geologist, author, and TV producer, will be presenting his new research on the Bat Creek Stone on Saturday morning, Jan. 28, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C. His talk at 10 a.m. will be open to the public free of charge.
The Bat Creek Stone is a controversial artifact excavated in the original Cherokee area of east Tennessee. It is a small stone tablet about four inches in length, with writing on it. Scholars continue to debate whether this writing is ancient Hebrew, Phoenician, or Cherokee, while other scholars believe the stone was a hoax created in the 19th century. It was found beneath the skull of a burial dated about 3,000 years old. The artifact is currently on display at the Frank McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tenn.
Wolter has conducted a forensic examination of the stone, as well as analyzing its writing. Wolter has published books and produced specials for the History Channel about European contact before Columbus, including "The Hooked X," "The Kensington Rune Stone," "Who Really Discovered America" and "The Holy Grail in America."
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is located on Highway 441 North in Cherokee, N.C. at 589 Tsali Boulevard. Parking for the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Wing is available in front of the Cherokee Fairgrounds adjacent to the front entrance of the wing. For more information call 497-3481 or go to www.cherokeemuseum.org.
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