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Media Portrayals of Viking Rune Stones in North America

Author(s): Lauren Milideo

Year: 2015

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In North America, rune stones of purported Viking origin have been the subjects of excitement, scrutiny, and dispute. The stones have been called hoaxes, and archaeologists and other workers remain unconvinced about the stones’ Viking origin and validity; nevertheless, claims have appeared over time that rune stones, which have turned up in such diverse locations as underwater and on hillsides, contain the inscriptions of Scandinavian explorers in North America, including inland areas, long before the arrival of Columbus. From Minnesota to Maine, the stones have attracted interest from the media and public alike, with both supporters and skeptics of the stones’ Viking origins weighing in. Newspaper, magazine, and television stories have covered rune stones and the controversies surrounding their creation. This paper focuses on how the media has portrayed the study and debates of rune stones in North America, including an examination of how their origins are discussed in various media outlets.

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Media Portrayals of Viking Rune Stones in North America. Lauren Milideo. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396064)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America