May "knew right away it was important," says Vandervest, adding that Redcloud recognized it as a burial site. Of special interest is the wall's pipestone, a soft red rock found in Minnesota.
But something else also intrigues May. About 100 feet from the wall are limestone boulders in the shape and size (25 feet wide by 100 feet long) of an ancient Viking ship, which he believes could be buried beneath the rock. A similar Viking ship was found in England, but was buried in dirt, not stone, Vandervest says.
The structure is not far from a once-navigable branch of the East Twin River. It's rumored, Vandervest says, that Vikings regularly came to North America 800 to 1,000 years ago and made it to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A Ho-Chunk legend tells of Native Americans meeting tall red-haired men, Vandervest says.
"(Historians) suspect it had to do with the copper trade, that thousands and thousands of tons of copper were removed. It's possible there was a village in this area where they would process it into manageable-sized ingots they called oxides," Vandervest says.
And the local Indians let the foreigners disturb their burial ground because they liked thinking of their ancestors sailing away on a ship? So they helped move the giant rocks into position? Because small rocks or rock carvings wouldn't have been enough to memorialize the occasion?
Okay, if you say so.
If the archaeologists are smart, they'll watch out. If they start digging, you can guess what will happen. Indian or Viking zombies will erupt from the ground.
Alas, this posting sounds like an outtake from last year's Pathfinder. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess they won't find a Viking ship under the ship-shaped rock.
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