The Vinland Map
Is it a fake -- or is it the real thing?
The experts can't agree!
This 'world map' was bought by Yale for a pretty penny about 30 years ago and has been carbon-dated to be between 500 and 600 years old, yet detractors say it's a fake, that it has been drawn in modern times on an old parchment from the 15th century. The controversy has been raging ever since it was acquired by the university from a bookseller who allegedly 'found' it in an antiquarian shop in Italy.
Some say it was redrawn in the 1400s from a map that was already about 300 to 400 years old at the time. Others say it was done perhaps in the 1800s and cite various reasons why they don't believe in its authenticity.
It is interesting because it is -- perhaps -- the only documentary evidence that places the fabled 'Vinland' (land of grapes or vines) in North America and more specifically on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland.
If it is genuine, the original could date back to the Viking Leif 'the Lucky' who discovered the American continent almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
What do you think?