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Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada
National Geographic ^ | October 19, 2012 | Heather Pringle

Posted on 11/03/2012 12:07:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

While digging in the ruins of a centuries-old building on Baffin Island (map), far above the Arctic Circle, a team led by Sutherland, adjunct professor of archaeology at Memorial University in Newfoundland and a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, found some very intriguing whetstones. Wear grooves in the blade-sharpening tools bear traces of copper alloys such as bronze -- materials known to have been made by Viking metalsmiths but unknown among the Arctic's native inhabitants.

Taken together with her earlier discoveries, Sutherland's new findings further strengthen the case for a Viking camp on Baffin Island. "While her evidence was compelling before, I find it convincing now," said James Tuck, professor emeritus of archaeology, also at Memorial University.

Archaeologists have long known that Viking seafarers set sail for the New World around A.D. 1000. A popular Icelandic saga tells of the exploits of Leif Eriksson, a Viking chieftain from Greenland who sailed westward to seek his fortune. According to the saga, Eriksson stopped long enough on Baffin Island to walk the coast -- named Helluland, an Old Norse word meaning "stone-slab land" -- before heading south to a place he called Vinland.

In the 1960s two Norwegian researchers, Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad, discovered and excavated the Viking base camp at L'Anse aux Meadows (map) on the northern tip of Newfoundland -- the first confirmed Viking outpost in the Americas. Dated to between 989 and 1020, the camp boasted three Viking halls, as well as an assortment of huts for weaving, ironworking, and ship repair.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: baffinisland; canada; godsgravesglyphs; thevikings; vikings

I thought we'd had a topic about this.
Archaeologist Patricia Sutherland (orange jacket) excavates a potential Viking site on Baffin Island. Photograph by David Coventry, National Geographic

Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

1 posted on 11/03/2012 12:07:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 11/03/2012 12:11:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 11/03/2012 12:19:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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4 posted on 11/03/2012 12:23:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Every time I see pictures of excavations like this I think there is some great treasure in those little partitions of soil they leave between the dig holes. Probably gold. LOL


5 posted on 11/03/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT by fish hawk
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Government did not build this.
You did!!



6 posted on 11/03/2012 12:25:46 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: SunkenCiv
While doing some searches on IMDb for what some of my favorite actors are working on, I discovered that the History Channel is doing a series called "The Vikings." Here's a link to an article if anyone is interested:

VIKINGS Scripted Series Coming to History Channel

I also just watched a 3-part tv series hosted by Neil Oliver, which was produced for the BBC. Oliver is Scottish born, and as a historian and archaeologist, has hosted several interesting historical documentaries. Even if the topics he covers weren't interesting, I'd enjoy just listening to his Scottish accent. It's wonderful.

7 posted on 11/03/2012 12:34:52 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: SunkenCiv
When I was a kid there was a Dolmen called Table Rock on the Lynn, Peabody, MA line. I didn't realize this at the time but it matched photos I have seen from the UK and Ireland, no history I can find.
8 posted on 11/03/2012 12:43:33 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: SunkenCiv

any cans of SPAM?


9 posted on 11/03/2012 12:48:55 PM PDT by Reily (l)
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To: SunkenCiv

"Look! I found absentee ballots! They're all cast for Obama!"


10 posted on 11/03/2012 12:51:04 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I cannot authenticate what I am about to say and I blame no one if they disbelieve it. It is taken from memory.

Several years ago we clipped out of a newspaper a story where archaeological evidence was supposedly found showing the Vikings tied their ships to islands, now buttes, in the Turtle Mountains of ND and Manitoba. At that time much of ND was a lake that was supposedly connected through other waterways to the Atlantic.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 1:12:49 PM PDT by redfreedom
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Captivity-Nevil-Shute/dp/0884113213


12 posted on 11/03/2012 1:15:35 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: redfreedom

Bottom of the page at

https://www.dmr.nd.gov/ndgs/ndnotes/ndn17_h.htm


13 posted on 11/03/2012 1:17:23 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: COBOL2Java

14 posted on 11/03/2012 1:44:51 PM PDT by RugerMini14
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To: redfreedom

Interesting, that’s new to me.


15 posted on 11/03/2012 1:51:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Little Bill

Yeah, those types of structures are BC in date, and are obviously culturally linked with similar structures east of the Atlantic. Uniquely in North America they are attributed to glacial action by Denialists. :’) There used to be a huge-lettered inscription carved into some cliff by the sea somewhere in New England, reported during colonial times, but the whole face fell off before photography, only descriptions and maybe a drawing survives.

The most famous is probably Mystery Hill in New Hampshire. That one was attributed to some colonial-era family which lived on the site and built something on top the already extant megalithic structures. Remaining isolationist idiots regard such structures as “colonial root cellars”, which is obviously stupid. One of the Pennsylvania universities did archaeology at Mystery Hill back in the 1990s, and found that a hearth site located *inside* the structure RC dated to 2000 BC.


16 posted on 11/03/2012 1:59:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jjotto

Thank you for the reference at DMR ND.

I will never forget reading about the mooring stones at the high elevations because we own property on the second highest elevation in the Turtle Mountains.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 2:06:52 PM PDT by redfreedom
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To: mass55th

Thanks mass55th!


18 posted on 11/03/2012 2:10:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
I have been to Mystery Hill, most people don't realize that over half the site was hauled off to build Lowell, MA.

If you follow the Merrimack up to the area near North Salem, NH the shore line is a perfect landing place, when the river was running free unconstricted by dams.

Newburyport/Amesbury was a very good harbor. The only problem might have been rocks in Haverhill.

19 posted on 11/03/2012 2:28:12 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: SunkenCiv; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...

Canada Ping!


20 posted on 11/03/2012 3:49:58 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: RugerMini14

I always thought Viking women were a little more ...ummm ...buxom? (Must be thinking of Helga from the Hagar comics).


21 posted on 11/03/2012 3:58:55 PM PDT by Dartman
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To: Little Bill

Thanks, I’m sure I didn’t know that.


22 posted on 11/03/2012 5:22:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: redfreedom

off the coast of Maine on Monhegan Island (or rather the small island right next to it) there is a rock with supposedly Viking writing on it. Maybe if you look real close.

Monhegan is a logical place for it though, its the first place that europeans seem to have landed in the area, and it was, back in the day, overun with cod, the key reason to be there.


23 posted on 11/04/2012 4:55:35 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: beebuster2000

link to monhegan island writing stone:

http://planetvermont.com/pvq/v9n2/megaliths.html


24 posted on 11/04/2012 4:58:56 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: redfreedom
If they had managed to sail up the Red River of the North (heading South) during a severe spring flood, it may have seemed as if the whole state was under water, however, the water would have been very shallow draft (generally under 1 fathom), and would have receded within a week.

The old glacial lakes (Souris and Agassiz) drained long before the Vikings would have come through.

25 posted on 11/04/2012 5:08:07 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SunkenCiv

Anyone REALLY surprised? NOT!!


26 posted on 11/04/2012 8:29:26 AM PST by Monkey Face (A highbrow is one educated beyond his intelligence.)
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27 posted on 11/04/2012 11:53:41 AM PST by EveningStar
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