Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History by Douglas HunterBeardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History by Douglas Hunter

Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History

byDouglas Hunter

Hardcover | August 21, 2018

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In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the Royal Ontario Museum made a sensational acquisition: the contents of a Viking grave that prospector Eddy Dodd said he had found on his mining claim east of Lake Nipigon. The relics remained on display for two decades, challenging understandings of when and where Europeans first reached the Americas. In 1956 the discovery was exposed as an unquestionable hoax, tarnishing the reputation of the museum director, Charles Trick Currelly, who had acquired the relics and insisted on their authenticity. Drawing on an array of archival sources, Douglas Hunter reconstructs the notorious hoax and its many players. Beardmore unfolds like a detective story as the author sifts through the voluminous evidence and follows the efforts of two unlikely debunkers, high-school teacher Teddy Elliott and government geologist T.L. Tanton, who find themselves up against Currelly and his scholarly allies. Along the way, the controversy draws in a who's who of international figures in archaeology, Scandinavian studies, and the museum world, including anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, whose mid-1950s crusade against the find's authenticity finally convinced scholars and curators that the grave was a fraud. Shedding light on museum practices and the state of the historical and archaeological professions in the mid-twentieth century, Beardmore offers an unparalleled view inside a major museum scandal to show how power can be exercised across professional networks and hamper efforts to arrive at the truth.
Douglas Hunter holds a PhD in history and has written several books including The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous Past. He lives in Port McNicoll, Ontario.
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Title:Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 21, 2018Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773554661

ISBN - 13:9780773554665

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"Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History could be a Nordic saga; it is a tale of intrigue, power, and conflicts, of heroes and villains. Douglas Hunter has painstakingly examined this hoax, from its soggy origins in a mining claim close to Beardmore, Ontario, until its finale on the curated display shelves of the ROM, in Toronto. Hunter has dug into many archives, sifting through internal memos and correspondence, eyewitness affidavits, scholarly articles, and newspaper reports. He has constructed what he describes as a "detective story," opening with five pages of dramatis personae to help identify who's who." The Literary Review of Canada