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Runestone and 'The Hooked X'

Scott Wolter has been on a nine-year quest to discover the true origins of the Kensington Runestone. In that time, and through his research, he's become convinced that the 200-pound stone, found on the farm of Olof Ohman in 1898, proves that northern European explorers were roaming North America before Columbus.

If Wolter's claims can be substantiated, the early history of North America would be turned on its ear.

Wolters will be in Morris on Monday, Feb. 15, to present his evidence as laid out in his new book, "The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America."

Wolters, hosted by the Sons of Norway, will speak at the Morris American Legion beginning at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following his presentation, Wolter will be available for questions, and will have copies of "The Hooked X" and the 2005 book co-authored with runologist Richard Nielsen, "The Kensington Runestone: Compelling New Evidence," available for purchase and autographs.

Wolters is a geologist and he has been president of the American Petrographic Services for the last 20 years.

His work on the Kensington Runestone has spurred new debate about its authenticity and the possibility that European explorers were in North America more than 130 years before Columbus, who has long been believed to be the first European to "discover" America.

Wolter's research recently has centered on the meaning of the Hooked X symbol found on the runestone, and it is the basic for a two-hour History Channel documentary, "Holy Grail in America," which premiered on the cable channel in September 2009.

The documentary and Wolter's Feb. 15 discussions will center on what he claims is new geological evidence that Ohman did not fabricate the runestone, that it is, indeed, authentic, and that the Cistercian Templars played a role in its carving.

Wolters also claims that there are other connections with other previously dismissed, pre-Columbian artifacts and sites in North America.

For more information on Wolter's research into the Hooked X, visit