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The Kensington Rune Stone: Do You Believe?

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Posted On 08/29/2021 09:26:30

Minnesota | Alexandria | Kensington | Rune Stone | Kensington Park | Runestone Museum | Olof Ohman | Artifacts | History



The Kensington Rune Stone: Do You Believe?


    

The Runestone Museum, home of the Kensington Rune Stone, opened in 1958 in Alexandria, Minnesota. When the door's originally opened, the Rune Stone was the only artifact on display. There's so much more to see in the museum today - including pieces found within the state all of which relate in some way to the Nordic explorers of the middles ages. There's even a children's Discovery Room. Fort Alexandria is also located on the museum grounds and is comprised of historic buildings dating back to approximately 1860.

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Have you heard of the Kensington Rune Stone?

Honestly, I had not heard of the controversial Rune Stone before planning our trip, but knew it was something that Scott was very interested in seeing. Getting to the museum and the discovery site turned out to be nearly a 2 1/2 hour drive (each way) from where we were staying - but closer than driving from Texas!

The 202 pound stone was said to have been discovered in a field in 1898 by a Swedish immigrant. The stone is covered in runes (letters used prior to today's more commonly used alphabet) thought by some to have been left by Scandinavian explorers in 1362. Some who have examined the stone believe that it was fabricated and others are convinced that it is real.

Fun fact: The name of the NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, was selected due to the popularity of the rune stone!

So, do you believe that the stone was fabricated or is a real 14th century artifact?

#WordyExplorers #kensington #rune #runes #KensingtonRunestone #runestone #runestones #vikings #viking #scandinavian #explorer #explorers #IsItReal #FakeOrReal











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