New Research May Help Solve Riddle of the Kensington Runestone
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2004-04-25 06:50
Seattle Post Intelligencer: New 19th century documents may prove, once and for all, whether Minnesota's
Kensington Runestone is authentic or a hoax.
The latest chapter of the Kensington Runestone story involves documents
written in 1885 by an 18-year-old Swede named Edward Larsson, some of which
seem to be in an ancient runic language. Scholars now believe that this
language was part of a secret code used by tradesman in the 1880's. Larsson
was a tailor. Those researching the stone noticed that parts of Larsson's
writings corresponded with the runes that appear in the Kensington Stone, but
which were not used in the Middle Ages.
"My opinion is this once again nails down the case against the Kensington
Runestone," said Michael Michlovic, professor of anthropology and chairman of
the department of anthropology and earth science at Minnesota State
The controversy centers around the carved Runestone, discovered in the late
19th century, which purports to prove that Norsemen traveled as far as
Minnesota. Most scholars believe the stone to be a hoax.
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