In the woods ahead I see the outline of what looks like the ruins of a castle. Myth and rumor had brought me here. Guided by directions found on the internet, I’d ventured on foot down an abandoned roadway in a tree-filled area adjacent to Interstate 84. The castle-like structure I see is la…

In 1965, the day before Columbus Day, Yale announced the existence of a spectacular rediscovered historic document: the Vinland Map. Dated to 1440 A.D., the purportedly Norse map depicted “Vinland,” the land discovered by Leif Ericson around 1000 and known today as Newfoundland. The document…