New Research May Help Solve Riddle of the Kensington Runestone

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 University-Moorhead.

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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