Kensington Runestone Cryptography with Howard Burtness

Join historian Howard Burtness as he explains the secret cryptography found in the Kensington Runestone, which is currently in a museum in Alexandria, MN, and other Norse runestones. Howard covers the research of Alf Monge and Ole Landsverk. He shows how the perpetual calendar, based on the Julian  calendar and the Easter Tables are critical keys for decrypting the dating of the Kensington Runestone, which was created on Sunday, April 24, 1362 by Harrek. Howard also discusses the Newport Tower in Rhode Island.

Kensington Runestone
Kensington Runestone

The Kensington Runestone Reads:

1. We are 8 Goths and 22 Norsemen on

2. a voyage of exploration from

3. Vinland through/towards the west. We

4. had a camp by two [rocks protruding from the water of the lake] one

5. days travel north from this stone

6. and fished one day After

7. we came home found 10 men red

8. with blood and dead. Ave Virgo Maria.

9. Save us from evil


10. We have 10 men at the ocean to look

11. after our ships 14 days travel

12. from this island. Year: 1362.

Mural at Kensington Runestone Museum.
Mural at Kensington Runestone Museum.


5 Replies to “Kensington Runestone Cryptography with Howard Burtness”

  1. I’ve been looking at and listening to Howard telling about the KRS. I have myself written what Holand, Monge and the rest of the commentaters have written about the KRS. I have in vain tried to get Norwegian runologists to look at the cryptographics on the stone. But as the stone has been judged a fraud noone dares to tuch it. Then there is neither anybody here competent to check the cryptography.
    So I have left the KRS even if I am pretty well read up. I must say that I believe in the stone’s authenticity, what really pussels me however, is; what the hell were the doing in that wilderness, far from the sea, and which way did they come there? I am not sure that Holand’s suggestion that they came from Hudson Bay is rigth.
    I would very much like to read what Howard has found and his qualifications as to being able to crack the code.
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    I have resently written an article ab out the possibility that Norumbega was the Norsemens Vinland. If anubody is interested, I can foreward the article electrocally.
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  2. I want to belive in the stone but would like to know if anyone has paddled their canoe from
    Fargo to Hudson Bay in 14 days if not how long did take. The river looks like it has a lot of bends. Lots of river miles between those two points.

  3. The discovery, in l963, of the cryptography in the KRS guarantees the authenticity of the inscription. Alf Monge called it Norse Dated Cryptography. It takes much time and study to understand, but once understood it becomes clear that the KRS is a flawless cryptographic inscription. The exact date is: Sunday, Aprinl 24, 1362. It is even signed by the creator: Harrek.

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