Skip to comments.Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada
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.
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Archaeologist Patricia Sutherland (orange jacket) excavates a potential Viking site on Baffin Island. Photograph by David Coventry, National Geographic
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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
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.
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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.
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Interesting, that’s new to me.
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.
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.
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.
I always thought Viking women were a little more ...ummm ...buxom? (Must be thinking of Helga from the Hagar comics).
Thanks, I’m sure I didn’t know that.
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.
link to monhegan island writing stone:
The old glacial lakes (Souris and Agassiz) drained long before the Vikings would have come through.
Anyone REALLY surprised? NOT!!
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