The Vinland Map

04 Mar

In 1957 this map surfaced in rare map circles, and offered anonymously for sale to the British Museum.  Significantly it included an accurate depiction of Canada, the storied Vinland of the Icelandic Sagas.

The map predated Columbus by 50 years and a Viking map had never surfaced prior to this time.

The map was purchased for $300,000 and donated to Yale’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

In 1974 it’s authenticity was questioned due to a modern chemical used in the ink.

The question remains to this day: was this a Viking map?

Watch this video for yourself and leave your responses below.

I would personally LOVE for this to be a Viking Map!  I would love to imagine a library of information destroyed by the Vikings themselves or buried at sea with the Viking kings, their secret oceanic pathways taken with them to Valhalla.

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