Dare Stone at Brenau University determined to be authentic!
This breaking news is a game changer! Some survivors of the Roanoke Colony did find refuge in the Nacoochee Valley.
The new president of Brenau University, Dr. Edward Schrader, is also a professional geologist. He was determined to find out, once and for all, if the so-called Dare Stones in the possession of his institution were authentic. Apparently, he did not know that these stones had been authenticated by several experts in the past. Back in 1939, both scientists at Harvard University and archaeologist Robert Wauchope declared the original Dare Stone and those found in the Nacoochee Valley of Georgia to be authentic. In 2012, geologist Scott Wolter, on behalf of the History Channel, declared those stones in the possession of Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, to be authentic. Several more stones, supposedly found in the Atlanta Area in 1940 were determined to be fake by geologists at Georgia Tech. However, they were also never accepted by Brenau.
Schrader took the original Dare Stone, which was found in the region near the ill-fated Roanoke Colony, to the geology laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Its scientists were allowed to cut off a chip from the stone to see its cross-section profile. They determined that the engraved letters on the stone had been oxidizing for at least four centuries. They could have not have been carved in the 1930s as a legion of critics claimed in the early 1940s. Brenau College received so much national ridicule at the time that for seven decades, it hid the Dare Stones from public view.
The announcement of this major change in American history was made in the June 9, 2018 edition of the The Gainesville Times front page. However, Schrader and the article’s writer, Joshua Silavent, seem completely unaware of the real history of the 28 Dare Stones found in the Nacoochee Valley and along the banks of the Upper Chattahoochee River. These were found up to 85 years BEFORE the discovery of THE Dare Stone near the Roanoake Colony. The owners brought them to Breanau at the urging of archaeologist Robert Wauchope, who spent most of 1939 investigating the archaeological sites of the Upper Chattahoochee River Basin. In fact, two of the most important stone tablets were found by Wauchope himself. One was near her tomb and the other near the base of the hill on which Eleanor Dare and her Apalache-Creek husband lived. These two tablets are in the possession of the Tulane University Department of Anthropology.
When Wauchope first arrived in the Nacoochee Valley in early 1939, he went door to door to ask long time residents if they had any Native American artifact collections. Most also had extensive collections of 16th and 17th European artifacts, which gave rise to the belief that De Soto had passed through the valley. In addition, several families had strange stone tablets, written in Elizabethan English that had been found through the years, near the banks of the Chattahoochee River or in old Native American tombs. Wauchope recognized the writing to be Elizabethan and urged the owners to take them to Brenau College.
Wauchope was soon hired to be the first anthropology professor at the University of Georgia. HOWEVER, as soon as North Carolina state officials found out that he had found two of the most important Dare stones and could authenticate 26 others, he was offered a position as director of the new University of North Carolina archaeological lab at double the salary, he made at the University of Georgia. Once in Chapel Hill, NC Wauchope remained silent as the 28 stone tablets that he had personally unearthed or found in old Nacoochee Valley family artifact collections were ridiculed nationally as being fakes. The next year, he was inducted into the OSS (forerunner of the CIA) and spent the remainder of World War II in the Mediterranean Basin.
To learn the fascinating secret history of the Dare Stones, go to this two part series in the People of One Fire Youtube Channel.
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