No one claimed to be able to translate fully the Kensington Runestone until 1907, when a University of Wisconsin graduate with a history major named Hjalmar R. Holand came up with the following translation. “8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on exploration journey from Vinland over the west. We camp by two skerries one day journey from this stone. We were and fished one day. After we came home, 10 men red with blood and tortured. Hail Virgin Mary. Save from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our ship, 14 day journey from this island year 1362.” Five members of the Minnesota Historical Society investigated the stone for years and concluded that it was authentic.


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