Today I need to spend some extra time working on finalizing the entry on Chariots of the Gods that I’m writing for Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales: An Encyclopedia of American Folklore, so in lieu of a lengthy blog entry allow me to present the following trailer for a forthcoming documentary on the Vinland Map produced by David Bradbury called The Vinland Map: Hoaxes within Hoaxes. The documentary is set to be released on October 10, and Bradbury personally emailed me the YouTube link to make sure all of my readers saw it. I have to say that I have no idea what to make of it. The production values leave much to be desired, and the accompanying website is primitive to the point of uselessness.
If I follow correctly, Bradbury seems to think that the part of the map identified as Vinland was hoaxed from an early modern map’s depiction of Japan rather than a modern map of the Canadian coast, as many have long believed. But the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Bradbury told me that the hour-long final product “will, inevitably, be slower-paced than the trailer, and it may even make sense.”
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