TV show delves into Runestone

Fans of the Kensington Runestone may be tickled to learn that this century-old mystery will be featured in a Science Channel series called "America's Lost Vikings."

Runestone Museum volunteers bring a Viking-style boat to Alexandria. The boat is one used in a Science Channel TV series about ancient Viking travels in North America. The Kensington Rune Stone and the Runestone Museum will be featured in the fourth episode on Sunday, March 3. (Contributed)

Runestone Museum volunteers bring a Viking-style boat to Alexandria. The boat is one used in a Science Channel TV series about ancient Viking travels in North America. The Kensington Rune Stone and the Runestone Museum will be featured in the fourth episode on Sunday, March 3. (Contributed)

The show's six episodes showcase a search for Viking travels in North America. The first episode, which aired last Sunday, focused on L'Anse aux Meadows in Canada's island of Newfoundland, the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America. It's available for free online on the channel's website.

Pictured is Olof Ohman, a Swedish farmer living near Alexandria, who found the Kensington Runestone in grubbing an aspen tree in 1898. This photo was taken circa 1927. (Submitted photo)

Pictured is Olof Ohman, a Swedish farmer living near Alexandria, who found the Kensington Runestone in grubbing an aspen tree in 1898. This photo was taken circa 1927. (Submitted photo)

Alexandria's Runestone Museum and the Kensington Runestone are set to appear in the fourth episode, which airs at 9 p.m. March 3. This episode will be available for cable customers who receive the Science Channel, which is available to 63 million households. The channel also airs the popular show Mythbusters.

The hosts of "America's Lost Vikings" series, archaeologists and explorers Blue Nelson and Mike Arbuthnot, use state-of-the-art science as well as experimental archaeology to find clues about what the Vikings were doing, according to a news release from Discovery, which owns the Science Channel.

Embraced by some as proof that Vikings traveled as far as the Alexandria area, the runestone is dismissed by others as a hoax. The March 3 episode may fuel more debate as the team uses the latest technology to assess the runestone's authenticity.

The Science Channel left behind some amazing freebies, including a 19-foot-long Viking-style wooden boat similar to those Nordic explorers would have used to navigate smaller waterways like rivers and lakes, museum director Amanda Seim said this week. The boat was built on the East Coast and brought to Minnesota for filming, then given to the museum as a gift. 

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