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Newberry Tablet In November of 1896, near the town of Newberry, Michigan. In Michigan's Upper Peninsula two woodsmen clearing land on a farm uprooted a tree and discovered three statues, and a clay tablet.

Newberry Stone TabletThe tablet was 19 by 26 inches in size. 140 small squares were cut into the stone. In each square a letter or character. The University of Michigan and the Smithsonian Institution were notified. Both of these institutions, at the time refused to look at the artifacts, they didn't believe they were real, and they didn't know how to translate the stone, because at that time, the "Hittite Empire" had not been found by any archeologist until 1905.

Photos of the Newberry Stone were taken in 1898 and sent to the Smithsonian. The Stone still existed in 1947, but it had never been heat treated, and it crumbled into dust. In 1947 some 50 years after finding the stone, a researcher heard about the stone, and asked the Smithsonian for the photos. The Smithsonian, said that they had lost the photos, and they tried to cover up the existence of the stone, for some reason.

In 1988 the photos of the Newberry Stone resurfaced, and were found in the Michigan Archives. Dr. Barry Fell President of the Epigraphic society deciphered the tablet he said the tablet was written in ancient Hittite-Minoan. He immediately compared it with the Phaistos Disk from Crete.

The tablet was written in magic quadrangles, to be read both vertically and horizontally. Therefore the text was read in a boustrophedon pattern. The tablet contained instructions for obtaining favorable omens from the Gods for good luck.