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vinland map authenticated

Controversial 15th century Vinland Map, which surfaced in the 1950’s, has been authenticated by a team of Danish experts…

Controversy has swirled around the map since it came to light in the 1950s, many scholars suspecting it was a hoax meant to prove that Vikings were the first Europeans to land in North America — a claim confirmed by a 1960 archaeological find.

Doubts about the map lingered even after the use of carbon dating as a way of establishing the age of an object.
The map shows both Greenland and a western Atlantic island “Vinilanda Insula,” the Vinland of the Icelandic sagas, now linked by scholars to Newfoundland where Norsemen under Leif Eriksson settled around AD 1000.


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  1. Can you please cite the source of the Danish study? I had not heard about it.

    My father, Laurence C. Witten, was the bookseller who discovered the map and sold it to Yale. This controversy around the map has become part of our own family mythology.

    Patti Witten

  2. hi,
    i first viewed the article concerning this at the ‘NewsDaily’ link at the bottom of the post – which has since disappeared…
    however, one of the sources from which I (and I believe the NewsDaily article) have quoted appears at

    thanks for the information