Newport tower carbon dating
However, no such objects have ever been found as far south as Massachusetts or Rhode Island.Another less popular theory, but one which may be more rooted in reality, is that the tower was built as a fortified church and watchtower by Portuguese explorer Miguel Corte-Real, who disappeared in the North Atlantic around 1502.The popular running belief is that it's actually the remains of a windmill built in the mid 17th century.However, there are currently dozens of academics who argue that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest otherwise.They point out that while Arnold may have used it as a windmill, there is no proof anywhere that he actually built it.Perhaps he merely used an otherwise abandoned ancient ruin.Or, for that matter, Of the two most popular theories, the simpler one, and the one favored by academics, is that the tower was of Colonial construction.
The puzzle is that no one knows for sure when, or by whom, the tower was built.
More concretely, similarities have been noted between the stone tower and early church buildings in northern Europe, leading to the conclusion that the tower could originally have been a Viking church.
Viking-theory enthusiasts note that the Newport tower is oriented to the true points of the compass, as were churches in Denmark and Norway.
The Viking-origin-theory can be traced to one guy, Carl Christian Rafn, a Danish scholar.
In 1837 he published a series of letters known as in which he did a very impressive job of making the facts fit his theories, employing the exact opposite of the scientific method.