Season 32, Episode 13 The Viking Deception
First Aired: February 8, 2005
They probably did discover America, but, according to “The Viking Deception,” their road map is a fake: The Vinland Map dates from the 1950s, not the 1440s. The hour traces it back to 1957, when it was first taken to the British Museum for authentification. The trail then leads to a shady fascist, Mellons and Gettys, Yale, an Austrian Jesuit and a number of laboratories. But some challenges have nothing to do with technology. For instance, one critic noted that the Vikings didn't use maps.
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- Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)