Talk:Narragansett Runestone

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Everett Brown[edit]

KSpott just added a paragraph and a source which effectively changes the entire subject. Since it's only one [primary] source and the change is so significant, I'm copying it here temporarily, pending discussion or additional sources.

Everett Brown of Providence reported he carved the runes on Quidnessett Rock in summer 1964. He said he had forgotten about the incident until the stone was removed and recovered in 2013. As of this writing (June 21, 2014) he said he had contacted the Rhode Island Historical Society but had not heard back from them. The town of North Kingstown, meanwhile, announced plans to display the stone in Updike Park.[1]


I think that although it's a plausible explanation, we can't just take an interview with this person as factual. Primary sources like what someone says in an interview are generally not desirable as reliable sources. That being said, this blog, Stone Wings, does itself appear to be fairly well-written and was not set up expressly for this purpose and so I don't think it should be dismissed, either.

My opinion is that we wait for at least one secondary source to write about this, then cite both the secondary source and this Stone Wings interview in the context of "local teen Everett Brown claims to have made the markings" along with a brief account of his story unless some further investigative work is done. --— Rhododendrites talk |  17:29, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

PS: This is a point less relevant to the content in question, but KSpott please also see WP:COI about adding sources you wrote yourself (it's considered a form of self-promotion and causes problems for Wikipedia's policy of editing with a neutral point of view). Not a big deal in this case, but frowned upon. --— Rhododendrites talk |  17:32, 21 June 2014 (UTC)
There's a week old news article here.[1] Dougweller (talk) 18:54, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

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