MinneCulture | Artifact or Artifice: The Kensington Runestone Hoax

In the late 1800’s, European immigrants — mostly German and Scandinavian — flooded Minnesota. The population boomed. This new majority of people in a new land needed myths and stories to fill in the blanks about why and how they came here. Like the story of Kensington Runestone. A purportedly ‘discovered’ rune stone that proved that Nordic expires made it to Minnesota in the year 1362. In this episode, reporter Matthew Schneeman dives into the connection between the stone and Minnesota’s white population, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of folk archeology. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, here on KFAI, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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