By Jacob Branstiter. Jacob had been president of the History Society in 2019-20. He plans to earn a Master’s Degree in archival studies or a related field, in order to pursue a career in archiving.
This project recounts one of the most heated scholarly debates of recent times, the question of the authenticity of the Vinland Map. From its origins in the hands of manuscript thief Enzo Ferrajoli, to its fraud revealed at the hands of independent researcher John Paul Floyd, this map’s legacy is forever marked by its infamy. This infamy stands as a cautionary tale to all researchers of the dangers of scholarly isolation, evidence suppression, and unknown provenance.