Light & Verity


The final word on the Vinland Map.

Jon Atherton

Jon Atherton

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“The Vinland Map is a fake. There is no reasonable doubt here. This new analysis should put the matter to rest.”

—Raymond Clemens, curator of early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library, quoted in a September 1 YaleNews article. The map (detail shown here), bought for Yale in 1965 and purported to be a fifteenth-century document showing Norse exploration of North America, has long been suspected to be a hoax. Analysis by Yale conservators and scientists showed definitively that the ink was from the twentieth century.

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