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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
www.mnh.si.edu/vikings/start.html
The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History provides a fantastic Web resource on Viking exploration in the North Atlantic. Take a virtual tour of the original museum exhibit, view an interactive history of Viking settlements, and hear Viking sagas read aloud.


Analyzing the Vinland Map: Looking at the Map
webexhibits.org/vinland/cartographic.html
This online exhibit presents evidence from the Vinland Map's controversial history, and lets you be the judge of its authenticity.


Is the Vinland Map a Fake?
www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/aug/vinlandmap/
Hear what a few experts have to say about carbon dating the Vinland Map in this 2002 report from NPR's Morning Edition.


Vikings in America
www.pitt.edu/~dash/vinland.html
Learn about L'Anse aux Meadows and other Viking settlements in the Americas at this University of Pittsburgh Web site. Topics include everything from archeological dig sites to Viking folklore and mythology.


The Yale Map Collection: Online Maps
www.library.yale.edu/MapColl/online.html
The Yale University Library Web site offers digital images of hundreds of maps from around the world, ranging from gorgeous medieval relics to modern urban street plans.



Books

Great Forgers and Famous Fakes: The Manuscript Forgers of America and How They Duped the Experts
by Charles Hamilton. New York: Crown Publishers, 1980.

Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents
by Kenneth W. Rendell. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994.

Maps, Myths and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map
by Kirsten A. Seaver. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.

The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation
by R. A. Skelton, Thomas E. Marston, and George D. Painter. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.


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