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Since farmer Olof Ohman dug up the famous runestone near Kensington, Minnesota, in 1898, there have basically been two schools of thought about it. Many believe it to be a genuine 14th century artefact (and some go so far as to suggest a precise context for its creation); others believe it to be a joke that got out of hand. However, though there are reasons to be suspicious about its authenticity, there is increasing evidence that it would have to be a very elaborate joke indeed. My intention on these pages is to suggest a third possibility, and indeed a third possible time-frame for the creation of the stone.