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The Kensington Runestone: Approaching a Research Question Holistically

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
An excellent pedagogy for critical thinking! In 1898, a farmer in northwestern Minnesota unearthed a large stone engraved with what appeared to be Norse runes carved in 1362. Could medieval Scandinavians have penetrated deep into mainland North America over a century before Columbus discovered the New World? Does the stone provide evidence that forces a rewrite of American ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Waveland Press (first published December 15th 2004)
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Michael K.
Mar 23, 2015 Michael K. rated it really liked it
Kehoe is one of the very few professional archaeologists willing to argue with the orthodox position regarding the possibility of Europeans in the interior of North America before the 16th century -- and it says something about the more common rigidity of scientific thinking that she had to go to such an obscure publisher to get this short book published. A great deal has been written about the runestone discovered by a Minnesota farmer in 1898, very little of it at all objective. In fact, the ...more
Scott Frank
Aug 16, 2016 Scott Frank rated it really liked it
A persuasive and well-written monograph, that actually succeeded in changing my mind about something I thought I knew.

Very briefly, Kehoe argues in favor of the runestone’s authenticity. But she doesn’t jut mention recent research on the stone to persuade, she also talks of the stones’ modern history, and it’s historiography (i.e., the social aspects of the historians and others who declared it fake), as well as showing other cultural and biological anthropological evidence that indicates that t
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Debbi
Aug 20, 2013 Debbi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the travels of the Norse and early American pre-history.
Recommended to Debbi by: My mother
Kehoe argues that modern examination of the runestone found in Kensington, MN in 1898 demonstrates that weathering, dendrition from the roots surrounding it and other decomposition of the engravings are consistent with the markings having been made in the mid 14th century. Additionally, medieval rune writings found in the past 100 years encompass those found on the stone. In her estimation the preponderance of evidence weighs in favor of the authenticity of the stone.

I appreciated that Kehoe in
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A short book but very thorough with its conclusions, which are well substantiated.
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