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The Spirit Pond Inscription Stone

As with the 12,000-BP barrier across the Bering Strait, establishment archeologists have erected another barrier which researchers cross at their peril. This time, the line is drawn at L'Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, where a Viking presence has been officially acknowledged. Any Viking innuendoes south of this point in North America are verboten.

Spirit Pond Inscription Stone
The Spirit Pond Inscription Stone, 10-line side.
Nevertheless, tantalizing Viking traces are found along the New England coast and, even more anomalously, in interior North America. One of these traces is the famous and infamous Spirit Pond Insciption Stone, found in Maine. It is covered with Norse runes. This inscribed stone was found by W. Elliott in May 1971, while he was paddling around Spirit Pond in a little rubber boat. Actually, Elliott discovered three stones with markings, but here we attend only to the so-called Inscription Stone. It bears ten lines on one side and six on the other. (See illustration.) Since Spirit Pond is well south of the Viking "barrier," the Inscription Stone has been declared a hoax, like the even-more-infamous Kensington Stone. But this classification has not deterred out-of-the-mainstream archeologists from studying it. After all, the Viking "barrier" was once located in Greenland!

S. Carlson, in the latest issue of the NEARA Journal, has endeavored to translate the Inscription Stone. To her, it tells of a sudden storm and fearful Vikings trying to save their ship from "the foamy arms of Aegir, angry god of the sea." The runes tell of foam gushing around the ship and 17 Vikings smashed, bloody, and dead.

(Carlson, Suzanne; "The Spirit Pond Inscription Stone: Rhyme and Reason," NEARA Journal, 28:1, Summer/Fall 1993. NEARA = New England Antiquities Research Association.)

From Science Frontiers #93, MAY-JUN 1994. � 1994-2000 William R. Corliss