The Kensington Rune Stone was reportedly found by a Minnesota farmer in 1898. It tells of a Norse expedition to the area in the year 1362. This story offers a scenario of how the KRS may have originated. More
Did Norse explorers journey to Minnesota in 1362, and carve a 200 lb stone with a runic message found by a Swedish farmer in 1898? Or, was it an elaborate hoax? The controversy has been swirling for 115 years. The Kensington Rune Stone remains an enigma because, while it cannot be proven authentic without corroborating evidence, neither can it be proven a forgery.
“Far to the West of Vinland,” is a scenario that I believe to be consistent with the best evidence. In its fictionalized human context, it is a story of money, power and pride, and how they combined to produce the Kensington Rune Stone. For objective investigators, perhaps it can illuminate how some apparently anomalous pieces of the KRS puzzle, may have fallen into place. I leave its relative believability up to you.
I'm an economist by training, but have long had two avocations - the training and companionship of dogs, and amateur archaeology, particularly the evidence (and hoaxes) of pre-Columbian exploration of North America.