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(WCCO) It's one of Minnesota's greatest mysteries. It's something that puts settlers in America well before Columbus. A Minnesota geologist thinks the controversial Kensington Runestone is the real thing and there is evidence that he says backs up the theory. "I'm sure a lot of people are going to roll their eyes and say oh it's the Davinci Code and if they do they do. This is the evidence. This is who was there. This is what the grave slabs tell us. It is what it is," he said.
"came to the conclusion that the stone was a 500-year-old Amerindian copy of a 1000-year-old Norse grave marker."
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
All the archaeology I've seen in regards to the Kensington Runestone indicates that it is a fake. The only solid evidence of Vikings in North America...aside from some artifacts in the high Arctic and Labrador, is at L'anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
This is a persistant story, but scientists don't buy it.
In November 2000, geologist Scott F. Wolter presented preliminary findings suggesting the stone had undergone an in-the-ground weathering process that would have taken a minimum of 50-200 years. In response, Wolter examined each individual rune on the Kensington stone with a microscope. He found a series of dots engraved inside four R-shaped runes. Research found that indentical dotted runes are found only on 14th century graves in churches on the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. "We found the dotted R's. It's an extremely rare rune that only appeared during medieval times. This absolutely fingerprints [the Kensington Runestone] to the 14th century. This is linguistic proof. This is medieval, period" Wolter said.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck This is a persistant story, but scientists don't buy it.
Originally posted by Jeremy032180I think what you meant to say was SOME scientists don't buy it, but SOME do.