The Kensington Stone tablet was found in Kensington Minnesota in 1898. In the over 100 years since its discovery, the Stone has been the source of on-going debate as to its authenticity. The reason is clear, the Kensington Stone presents a Runic text which describes a Norse journey into North America in the 14th Century. Following is a transcription and translation of the text of the Kensington Stone.
8 : goter : ok : 22 : norrmen : po : opdagelsefard : fro : vinland : vest : vi : hade : lager : ved : 2 : skjar : en : dags : rise : norr : fro : deno : sten : vi : var : ok : fiske : en : dagh : aptir : vi : kom : hem : fan : 10 : man : rode : af : blod : og : ded : AVM : fraelse : af : illy : har 10 : mans : ve : havet : at : se : aptir : vore : skip : 14 : dagh : rise : from : deno : oh : ahr : 1362 :
8 Swedes and 22 Norwegians on a discovery voyage from Vinland westward, we had anchored by 2 rocky islets one days voyage north from this stone. We had fished a day, after we came home [we] found 10 men red with blood and dead. AV(E) M(ARIA) deliver from evil. We have 10 men at sea to look after our ship 14 days voyage from this island. Year 1362
The Stone tells of a 14th century expedition by Scandanvian explorers into North American in pre-Columbus days. Even though most scholars poo-poo'd the notion, but others have found a great deal of genuine interest in its authenticity.
Three letters on the Stone, AVM, provide the sufficient mark of antiquity to declare the Kensington Stone genuine. Dr. Keith A.J. Massey and his twin brother Rev. Kevin Massey have noted that the convention of medieval abbreviation presented in these letters is beyond the reasonable ability of even the most expert forger. The details around this Latin abbreviation will convince even the most hardened skeptic that the Kensington Stone is the real article.