Thor's Hammer was discovered in Quebec

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In 1964, archaeologist Thomas E. Lee discovered a 10.8-foot tall, 4,000 pound stone cross on the Arnaud River in far northern Quebec. Lee dubbed this sculpture "Thor's Hammer," as he assumed the monolith was of Viking origin.

Although modern scholars are unsure of the sculpture's true purpose (it appears to point to stone remains nearby) or origin (it could likely be an Inuit inuksuk, or guiding stone), we know this much - it's big, hammer-shaped, and ridiculously remote. I'd hate to see its prior owner come back to retrieve it.

[Via Unsolved Mysteries and Otter Tooth. Photo by Fabian Nadeau via Otter Tooth.]

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The viking settlement at L'anse aux Meadows is only a few thousand kilometres away, so while it's likely that the stone is more of an Inuit type Inukshuk, we can't rule out that it wasn't a Viking marker of some sort, either. It's a quick trip from Greenland to northern Quebec.

Hey, as a proud Canadian girl, I still think that we need a Viking Day to match the holiday known as Columbus Day. Unless that day is celebrating Columbus, Ohio. Then, um, I guess I don't have a precedent.