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Bourne, Massachusetts: Mysterious Bourne Stone

Small rock with undeciphered markings has baffled experts since the 1600s. Proof of an ancient visit by the Vikings, or maybe the Chinese?

Museums at Aptucxet

6 Aptucxet Rd, Bourne, MA
Museums at Aptucxet. From MA-28, just south of the Bourne Bridge, exit the traffic circle onto Trowbridge Rd, make an immediate right onto Veterans Way (just after the state police station and before convenience store), then bear left onto Sandwich Rd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Perry Ave., then left onto Aptucxet Rd. Drive a quarter-mile; museum on the right.
Th-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $6.
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Bourne Stone mystery display.

Mysterious Bourne Stone

Is the inscription on the stone in Norse, Punic, Chinese, Ogham? Scholars in each field have claimed it as evidence of Old World settlement. What is known for certain is that in 1688 the stone was used as the doorstep of an Indian Meetinghouse, which precludes it as a fake. The stone is stored in the back room of the Museums at Aptucxet. Visit and decide for yourself who made the mysterious inscriptions.

[Bill La Civita, 08/01/2022]

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