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Spirit Pond Runestones


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The Spirit Pond runestones are three stones with runic inscriptions, allegedly found at Spirit Pond in Phippsburg, Maine in 1971 by a Walter J. Elliott, Jr., a carpenter born in Bath, Maine. The stones, currently housed at the Maine State Museum, are widely dismissed as a hoax or a fraud. If authentic, they would be evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact and Norse colonization of the Americas. Unlike the prehistoric monumental runestones raised in Scandinavia, the stones are small handheld objects. A similar stone is the authentic Kingittorsuaq Runestone found in Greenland in 1824. Of the three stones, one contains a total of 15 lines of text on two sides.


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