Maybe because since the Heart Insert is the key to the end of the trail, it was meant to be kept (maybe with the Latin Heart) at a location distant from the trail maps (which were to be left near the Supers)?Additionally... That would mean that the original author had left the back side of that stone completely blank. That's hard to digest. If he didn't have anything to inscribe on the back side... Why did he go to all the trouble to make the heart stone removable in the first place?
This seems like a "stretch" to me Alan. I am not sure if you are offering that as an "opinion" or a "theory"?alan m wrote:The H/P tablet is shaped like the bottom of a stone that is part of a crypt monument, hence the tapered sides. I have seen such shaped stones and the recesses in which they fit. They are somewhat common in Europe. If this observation is valid then the upper part of the H/P tablet has broken off and there should not be any markings on its edge.
I follow you Buddy. It is prudent to consider every possibility, but the rounded edges of the H/P stone, seem to eliminate the possibility that it was shaped to fit tightly against any other stone(s). (To me anyway)alan m wrote:I offer my last post only as an observation, I have seen similar stones in europe and tombstones seem to break in the same manner as the H/P tablet imitates.
That is where I stop because as I am sure you know there are only a few succesful ways to connect stones without mortar, the similarity between monument stones and the H/P tablet may be just a coincidence. With that said it seems prudent to me to examine all possibilities in the hope of discovering more evidence which could help in understanding the stones and possibly the people who made them.
In all fairness to Mitchell... There were a lot of other people who had access/possession of the stones (and could have added information to them) while he owned them. They were on display at the Bluebird Mine and Giftshop for a period of time, and they were also on display at a local Bank in Apache Junction for a while. Additionally... Some of Mitchel's partners had them in their possession for a while.alan m wrote:As an afterthought some of the markings must have been put there by someone who had possesion of the tablets, Tumlinson or Mitchell, I suspect Mitchell because his motive was evident and his discription of how the tablets were discovered along with the "proof" as to the meaning of the 8-N-P, reads like a fairytail, again just my opinion.
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