In school, we were taught Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. However many evidences have been presented attempting to dethrone the traveling Italians honor.
The “anomalous” american discoveries vying to contradict and prove of an earlier eastern arrival such as ancient stone works, mysterious coins with dates before his arrival, Mid-West Egyptian like hieroglyphics etched in stone did not possess the strength of argument to overturn such a deeply held prized distinction…until mid 2009.
The Vinland map has been known since 1957. Written on parchment and ink, this map shows the outlines of Europe and parts of Africa. However as you scan to the west your eye easily recognizes Iceland and a bit more to the left and there is Greenland. But keep traveling across the ocean what do we see…New Foundland? What is a section of North America doing on a map carbon dated at 1440? That’s a half a century before the Queen gave Chris the green light for his own gig.
The latest analysis completed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts announced July 17, 2009 declared the map is real, not a hoax. That may make some uncomfortable as one significant piece of history would need to be rewritten. This map adds another piece of evidence that the Vikings were perhaps the first to Discover America as early as 1000 A.D.
What this all means is not all the pieces of the anthropological puzzle have been discovered nor have they been assembled without the possibility of having to go back and rewrite history. Time will tell it’s tale, if we let it.