Shawnee Runestone

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The Shawnee Runestone is a runestone claimed to have been found in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in central Oklahoma, one mile from the North Canadian River, which is a tributary of the Arkansas River.[1]

A photo of the Shawnee Runestone

It was supposedly found in August 1969 by Jim Estep, a young man of Shawnee as he was taking his 7-year-old brother-in-law, Mikel Lindsay, and another small boy, David Sersen, on a snake hunt. They were walking in the northeastern part of the city along a wooded path that followed a small creek, a tributary of the North Canadian River. There are very few stones exposed in this area and no ledges or outcrops. However, they did find an oval stone about 14 inches long in the weeds, buried about an inch in the soil. When they turned it over, instead of finding the hoped-for snake, they saw a neatly cut inscription of five strange letters on the underside of the stone. The find was reported to Estep's mother-in-law, Vondell Lindsay, who asked him to retrieve the stone. The letters were filled with dried mud. Unfortunately, young Mikel used a frog-gig to clean some of it out.


  1. ^ Wilson, Steve (1989). Oklahoma Treasures and Treasure Tales. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 33. ISBN 0-8061-2174-2.