NOVA presents evidence confirming that the Vinland Map, thought to have been drawn 50 years before Columbus reached the New World, was probably one of the cleverest forgeries of all time, and probes who might have wanted to carry out the deception.
There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map. A faded, yellowing scrap of parchment bearing a faint tracery of lines, the map apparently shows the eastern seaboard of North Americayet it was drawn at least half a century before Columbus reached the New World. It seems to present unshakeable proof that the Vikings were the real discoverers of the Americas. But for 40 years, a bitter debate over its authenticity has raged among cartographers, historians, and scientists. Despite chemical analysis and radiocarbon tests, the case remained unresolved. Now, in an exclusive investigation, NOVA presents fresh evidence confirming that the map was probably one of the cleverest forgeries of all time, and probes who might have wanted to carry out the deception. In this enthralling cartographic detective story, NOVA pursues a trail from Scandinavia to Austria, Switzerland, London, and the U.S.
ContentsDVD ROM features: Teaching materials (PDF)
A link to the Nova Web site, pbs.org/nova.
Geography, Medieval -- Maps.
Vikings -- North America.
Maps -- Forgeries.
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
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|Publisher|| [South Burlington, Vt.?] :WGBH Boston Video,2005
|Other Titles|| Nova (Television program)
Apsell, Paula S.
Seaver, Kirsten A., 1934-
Fernández Clemente, Eloy.
Nebenzahl, Kenneth, 1927-
Vietor, Anna Glen.
Clark, R. J. H. (Robin Jon Hawes)
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Channel Four (Great Britain)
Providence Pictures, Inc.
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
WGBH Video (Firm)
Narrator, Gene Galusha ; featured experts, Alice Prochaska, Kirsten Seaver, Garman Harbottle, Eloy Fernandez Clemente, Kenneth Nebenzahl, Anna Glen Vietor, Robin Clark.
Editors, Rick Widmer, Colin Moxon ; music, Ed Tomney ; consultant, Melvin Harris.
Closed-captioned; described video.
Subtitle on container: The truth behind the Vinland map.
Originally produced as an episode of the television series: Nova.
DVD; NTSC; Dolby digital.
1 videodisc (54 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.