Obviously, calling this sad stonehole rock "Viking
Altar Rock" is a misnomer, as Vikings in the true sense of the word were not Christians. Plus, it could just
as easily have been a shelter rock.
The Viking period was well over by 1362, the date on the Kensington Runestone.
That leaves one to consider some evidence (use of hooked-X character) that it was probably Christians who not only carved
the runestone, but also probably chiseled out the many stoneholes in the general region...speaking of Minnesota and South
Dakota, primarily. I say this using a bit of logic to assume that the dozen or so large stonehole rocks surrounding
the runestone are, most likely, associated with the runestone. Why else would a grouping of medieval evidences
be located in one specific spot out in the exact middle of no-where?
If one realizes that no Viking ships ever
moored at Runestone Park, then he or she would have to wonder what the stoneholes were for. I've explained
at least five purposes for medieval stoneholes on another page here. The stoneholes at Runestone Hill were most
likely used as land markings, for bringing attention to a special purpose for the spot of land now know as Runestone
Hill. It looks like the stonehole rocks were possibly used to surround the runestone as well, perhaps in a geometric
pattern; the "line" on the KRS seems to indicate that it was initially set upright in the ground, but that
it later toppled over, or was toppled over.
If the Vikings are out of the picture because of the date on the runestone,
then who is in? Possibly the Knights Templar, as speculated by local author and geologist Scott Wolter...or who
knows, possibly another Christian group of explorers...or even the "missing Greenlanders." Perhaps
these Scandinavians from medieval MN and SD became the Mandan.
The Viking period was well over by the time these Gotalanders
(Swedes) and Northmen using the hooked-x runic character came to Minnesota. So then, apparently Christians came
here to Minnesota, not cut-throat Vikings! This is extremely good news, and the sooner Alexandria drops
the false Viking image (statue of Big Ole), the better off Minnesota will be. The runestone and probably the stoneholes
were not carved by Vikings...though I must say it is possible that some of the stoneholes were made earlier than
the runestone time-frame...also those discovered farther away, in SD. Perhaps some or all of them were made
hundreds of years earlier, putting some of them into the Viking Age.
Speculation is everybody's fun business,
but let's use common sense at least. That's how we may finally get to the truth about Minnesota being visited
by daring Christians in the past, not ruthless peoples who went "a-viking" out in the middle of no-where.
The sooner we collectively become real about Minnesota's past, the sooner we can move forward and away
from such nonsense as that currently coming out of a sad Kensington Runestone Park. Citizens, please do something.