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Eula Coleman Collection

Identifier: MS-1996-27

Scope and Contents

The Eula Coleman Collection consists of the Kewanee Stone, a two-foot by three foot, 200-pound rock formation with serpentine indentions, and supporting manuscript collections. Included in the manuscript collections are clippings of articles and related news stories which document the history of the stone.


  • 1996 - 2000

Historical Sketch

While searching for stones in Island Creek near Pikeville, Kentucky in early 1977, Eula Coleman’s family discovered an unusual two-foot by three foot stone with serpentine indentions. The family privately held the rock until 1996, when Ms. Coleman made a lifetime loan of the Kewanee Stone to Pikeville College Special Collections. Scientists and researchers from three countries have attempted to unravel the mystery surrounding the markings on the outside of the stone, but as of yet no agreement has been reached as to the source of the markings. Three scenarios have been developed to explain the indentions on the rock: 1) the grooves are part of a natural rock formation 2) Native Americans carved the stone to resemble a serpent 3) The rock is an ogam script, and most likely an elaborate hoax. The Stone is currently on display at the Allara Library.


3.2 Cubic Feet (4 folders 1 - 200 pound stone)

Language of Materials



The Kewanee Stone is on lifetime loan to Pikeville College Special Collections. The research materials date from 1996-2000.


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Repository Details

Part of the Frank M. Allara Library Repository

147 Sycamore St.
Pikeville KY 41501