A continuation of a discussion over beer last night that triggered the previous posting:
The Kensington Runestone is an inscribed stone purportedly left by Vikings in northern Minnesota in 1362. I think is is possible the Viking were in North America in 1362. I think it's possible they came down the Red River from the Hudson Bay. I also think it's possible they went to the trouble of chiseling a message on a flat stone. I just don't think they did.
"Scholars who believe the Kensington Runestone is a 19th-century prank -- and not concrete evidence that Norsemen beat Columbus to America by 100-plus years -- say they have found the smoking gun to prove it.
The latest in the century-old controversy centered in Minnesota came in documents written in 1885 by an 18-year-old Swedish tailor named Edward Larsson. He sometimes wrote in runes -- an ancient Scandinavian language that differs from the English alphabet. But Larsson's runes were not the usual runes used over the centuries.
The scholars contend that parts of his documents seem to be written in a secret runic alphabet used by tradesmen in Sweden in the late 1800s, rather like codes that tramps have used over time to leave secret messages for one another.
Swedish linguists happened upon Larsson's documents recently and found that his writing corresponds to pieces of the Kensington Runestone inscription. They say that the journeymen's code did not exist in medieval times, when the Kensington Runestone is purported to have been carved." continued