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Grave Creek Mound Tablet Talk at Library Wednesday

MOUNDSVILLE — The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library invites the public to hear buried truths uncovered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the program “Hoax-Buster: Delf Norona on the Grave Creek Tablet.” A research paper titled “Norona’s Risk of Criticism” will be presented followed by question and answer session. This program is aimed at adults and is free and open to the public.

Michael Burk, a retired Marshall County educator, composed the paper based on years of in-depth research using many resources, in particular the archived collection of Delf Norona’s personal notebooks. Norona recorded all the available data on the Grave Creek Mound. He was the first curator of the museum in Moundsville dedicated to the Mound, one of the most important historical sites in West Virginia.

The presentation of Burk’s paper, with the assistance of James Stultz, personal friend and library board member, and librarian Catherine Feryok, will focus on the question of authenticity surrounding the mysterious inscribed stone tablet discovered during excavation of the Grave Creek Mound in 1838. If the data collected by Delf Norona validated the authenticity of the tablet as a genuine artifact of antiquity, why did his published work conform to the opposing position of the Archaeological society? It’s a topic that begs examination, as Burk’s paper does with a thoughtful and thorough analysis of the evidence.

Ohio Valley residents should not miss this free event helping bring to light the enormous historical significance of the mound culture that prevailed long ago, in the community’s own backyards. Light refreshments will be available. The Moundsville Library is located at Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville.

For more information call the library at 304-845-6911.

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