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(Yale University)   Senator Vreenak has an announcement about the Vinland Map which showed the North American coastline depicted pre-1492. In unrelated news: Nevermind, the senator's shuttle just blew up mysteriously   (news.yale.edu) divider line
    More: Fake, Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University Library, infamous parchment map, Ink, team of conservators, earlier studies, Vinland map  
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2021-09-02 7:42:10 AM  
The evidence that it was a fake, including what one scholar described as "an absolute black hole of provenance", was already enough to convince everybody except perhaps those who think that National Treasure was based on a true story. The whole episode was pretty embarrassing for both the Beinecke and the British Museum.

As for the "who" and "why", there's a solid theory that it was deliberately created to con the Nazis, playing on their susceptibility to Teutonic/Norse myths.

But still, it's nice to have this definitive analysis.
 
2021-09-02 8:58:16 AM  
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2021-09-02 9:14:28 AM  

HugeMistake: The evidence that it was a fake, including what one scholar described as "an absolute black hole of provenance", was already enough to convince everybody except perhaps those who think that National Treasure was based on a true story. The whole episode was pretty embarrassing for both the Beinecke and the British Museum.

As for the "who" and "why", there's a solid theory that it was deliberately created to con the Nazis, playing on their susceptibility to Teutonic/Norse myths.

But still, it's nice to have this definitive analysis.


Not to mention there's no such country as Spungo, and it seems to be printed on some sort of cracker.
 
2021-09-02 9:50:32 AM  
having worked with beinecke librarians for a few years, I'm getting a kick out of this.

/ librarians, not researchers
// https://collections.library.yale.e​du/c​atalog/2002873
/// always 3
 
2021-09-02 11:40:58 AM  

HugeMistake: As for the "who" and "why", there's a solid theory that it was deliberately created to con the Nazis, playing on their susceptibility to Teutonic/Norse myths.


Perhaps, but Occam's Razor says it was done to make money off of suckers.
 
2021-09-02 1:43:13 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: HugeMistake: As for the "who" and "why", there's a solid theory that it was deliberately created to con the Nazis, playing on their susceptibility to Teutonic/Norse myths.

Perhaps, but Occam's Razor says it was done to make money off of suckers.


I think Occam's Razor would also suggest the Nazis are the suckers.

/Including the 21st century variety
 
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