I’d never heard of the BabelStone blog before I found this entry earlier. Now I’m a big fan of it. Whoever writes it, they go into extraordinary depth on a broad range of topics related to ancient scripts and inscriptions (the one on the Staffordshire Hoard is a good starting point, although I can see myself becoming interested in Uyghur seals if the most recent post is anything to go by). It makes me want to strive to make this blog as thorough as possible – although I have to say whoever the author is, they seem to have more time on their hands than I do at the moment.
Anyway, the point of this post was to highlight a reference to Charles Kerry in the entry linked at the start of this paragraph. It concerns a ?Roman-era millstone fragment bearing an Ogham inscription found in the vicinity of Uttoxeter in 1870. The artefact is lost, preventing any chance of transcribing and translating the inscription, but to judge from the quoted passage of 1886, we have Kerry to thank for identifying it (moreover with characteristic gusto, it would seem). One could be pedantic and argue that Ogham is not the same as the later Runic script Kerry probably had in his mind, but they are related and as such his analysis in this instance was accurate (unlike some of his Journal entries in which he insinuates some of the “British” worked flints he found belonged to the Iron Age).