The Remarkably Steadfast American Custom of Crafting Viking Relics

Numerous hints point to the possibility that Vikings entered North America via the south and west, rather than just (as has been verified) Newfoundland.

 A few are remote possibilities, like the voyage that could have been hidden under the Kensington Runestone, found in Minnesota in 1898.

Even though we have serious doubts about this artefact, we can entertain the very slim chance that it could be real. 

This is particularly true in the cases of the Narragansett Runestone and the Yarmouth Stone, which were found in Rhode Island and Nova Scotia in 1984 and 1812, respectively. 

Despite having some major issues, they are more likely to be real than Kensington because of their locations. Regarding the Maine Penny,

However, there are also several instances of blatant fakes and hoaxes—or, maybe, Native American monuments that have had their cultural significance appropriated in the hunt for Viking relics. 

 They represent a turning moment in the history of the hunt for American Vikings, one that moves us beyond looking for historical Viking incursions across the continent and instead exposes Viking incursions into the thoughts and fantasies of later Americans. There were three key elements that led to this.

First, there was a rise in the 19th century and continuing into the 20th century in the growing understanding of the saga's claims about the discovery of North America,

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