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2 Pranksters Did It, Not a Band of Vikings

November 07, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Two people say they are the ones who carved inscriptions on a 2,200-pound rock--not Vikings who supposedly explored Minnesota in 1363.

When the rock was found six months ago near Kensington, Minn., it revived a 103-year-old controversy about claims that Norsemen traveled in Minnesota.

Discoverers touted the stone as "new evidence" of the authenticity of the original Kensington Runestone, uncovered in 1898 by a farmer.

Kari Ellen Gade and Jana Schulman said that, as University of Minnesota graduate students in 1985, they carved the rock "for fun" and to cast doubt on the validity of the original Kensington Runestone.

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