A comment on the article found here: http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/usa-viking-ship-discovered-near-mississipi-river/
This story was published by World News Daily Report, which are a homepage with intentional fake news. They write in their disclaimer: “WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”.
Even though it’s clearly fictitious, I once in a while run into the article posted by people that believe it’s true, so I will look into the article.
The article start with a picture of what are supposed to be the Mississippi Viking ship. It is not, it’s a picture of the longest Viking long ship ever found “The Roskilde 6 ship”. You can see the same picture in this article from a Danish newspaper. http://jyllands-posten.dk/kultur/historie/article5650467.ece
In the intro the WNDR claim that it’s a Knarr type vikingship, which also would be likely to find in the Americas. Knarrs are the big burly trading ships. Unfortunately the ship on the picture are clearly a long ship, and not a Knarr. Long ships are long sleek ships, made for speed and transporting a lot of warriors.
The size for the fictitious ship are also reliable for a Knarr-type ship and are very close to those of the Skuldelev 1 Knarr found in Roskilde Fiord. (source http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/no_cache/besoeg/udstillinger/de-fem-vikingeskibe/skuldelev-1-havskibet/)
There are also a picture of a Viking sword in the article, but that was not found in Mississippi, bur in Scotland in 2011. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-15366336
The professor mentioned in the article are also not a real person and the picture are of an Italian professor from Trinity College in Dublin. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/meeting-held-for-ancient-city-of-karkamis.aspx?pageID=449&nID=67144&NewsCatID=375
As always, if you read an article that falls out of what normally assumed in archeology, then it’s important to look at it critically and check the information in it.
Kim Pierri, Denmark