Although not a typical archaelogical dig, the runestone is included here due to its historical significance.
Locally referred to by early locals as "Indian Rock", the 12-foot high, 10-foot wide and 16-inch thick rock slab on Poteau Mountain in eastern Oklahoma's Le Flore Countyhas eight symbols carved into its face. The Smithsonian Institute has identified them as being Scandinavian runes. Research by Gloria Farley, who spent more than 30 years studying the stone, indicates the stone dates between 600 and 750 A.D. and was carved by Viking explorers from Iceland. She has translated the symbols as "Gnomel's Valley", a crude form of land claim of the era, and formally renamed it in 1951.
Others, however, dispute the "evidence" claiming that it was created circa 1687 by Gemme Hiens, a member of the La Salle expedition to the area.
Other History nearby:
(Fort Smith) Belle Grove Historic District
(Poteau) Caboose Museum
(Tuskahoma) Choctaw Nation Museum
(Fort Smith) Darby House
(Fort Smith) Fort Smith Museum of History
(Fort Smith) Guitar Museum
10/03 Coming to The Heavener area
National Poultry Festival Rogers AR June14-15 In addition to a music concert, the weekend events includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament, skeet shoot, horseshoe tournament, ladies luncheon, motorcycle rally, kids’ activities, ice cream socials, a barbecue cooking contest, and a barbecue fair where delicious food can be sampled.
Johnson County Peach Festival Clarksville AR July25-28 Johnson County Peach Festival is the oldest festival in the State. Concessionaires bring their wares from good ol' home cookin' to handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment and don't miss the Peach Cobbler Bake-Off and Jam/Jelly Contest.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.
Tulsa Greek Festival Tulsa OK September19-21 Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.