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native, grey rock, 31 inches long, 16 inches wide, and 6 inches thick; it weighs 202 pounds; presumably it was cut from a bigger rock on the same site. The stone was taken to the town of Kensington, where it was put on display in the window of the local bank. The Kensington Stone aroused considerable interest, and discussion: could it be genuine? It was not until a well-known Norwegian scholar and historian was able to study the stone, in an attempt to determine its authenticity, that a translation of the inscription was forthcoming. Holand's translation, accepted both in America and abroad, reads as follows

"8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on expedition from Vinland to the west. We had camp near 2 rocky islands one day's journey north from this stone. We were fighting one day. Returning home, we found 10 men red with blood and dead. Ave Maria, save us from evil."

And the following text was written along the edge of the stone

"Ten men from our group are at seashore looking for our ships. 14 days' journey from this island. In the year 1362."

After considerable research, it was determined that the lake with the two rocky islands was in Cormorant, Becker County, Minnesota. At the place where the camp must have been and where the fishing party found their comrades dead there are big rocks, in three of which big, triangular holes were found to have been gauged. It has been suggested that the holes were intended for anchoring ships in the way common in fourteenth century Norway. These rocks along Cormorant Lake have subsequently been called "anchor stones" and have attracted considerable attention. In 1939, Holand found a similar "anchor stone" near the spot where the Kensington Stone was found. It has been established that the sea, mentioned as the place where the ships were left, was Hudson's Bay, and to reach Cormorant Lake the expedition must have come down the Nelson River from Winnipeg Lake, and from there down the Red River to Cormorant.

Historical research confirms that about the year 1355, Magnus Ericson, King of Norway and Sweden, did send an expedition led by Paul Knutson to Greenland to try to preserve the Christian faith there. It is believed the King learned that the settlers in western Greenland had moved to the American continent and had given up their religion, and it is assumed that Knutson's expedition, failing to find any of the settlers in western Greenland, went on to Vinland and, meeting failure there, too, went on to look for them along Hudson's Bay, and that from ,here they came to the spot where the Kensington Stone was found. It is known


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