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Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History

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2018 Edward S. Rogers Lecture in Anthropology


Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History 
 

Inspired by the true story of Viking swords in the ROM's collections, historian Douglas Hunter offers up a real-life museum detective story. In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the ROM 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.

Speaker: Douglas Hunter is an award-winning Canadian author with a PhD in history from York University. He has written widely on bussiness, history, the environment and sports, and was a finalist for the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for his book God's Mercies.

      

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Date & Time

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Location

Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Doors Open: 1:30 pm
Talks: 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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