The Viking Discovery of America

The Viking Discovery of America

The Excavation of A Norse Settlement in L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

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Provides an account of the seven expeditions the authors made to L'Anse aux Meadows between 1961 and 1968, where they located and excavated the remains of several house sites which were carbon-dated to around year 1000 A.D.

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According to Icelandic sagas, around 1000 A.D. a small group of Norsemen, led by Leif Eiriksson, travelled from Greenland across the ocean to a new land, which Eiriksson named Vinland. Intrigued by this legend, archaeologists Helge Ingstad (1899-2001) and his late-wife, Ann Stine Ingstad drew from the old Viking sagas, existing research and their own theories to piece together the mystery of these Viking explorations. This text provides a detailed account of seven expeditions the Ingstads made to the L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland between 1961 and 1968, where they located and excavated the remains of several house sites. Findings from the site were carbon-dated to around year 1000 A.D., leading the researchers to conclude that the Norsemen discovered America 500 years before Columbus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
Driven from their Greenland home by crowded and harsh conditions, a bold group of Vikings set sail in search of freedom and better lands. With incredible luck, skill, and fortitude, they persevered and discovered a place with a profusion of wood, wild game, and fertile soil. The sagas, or narratives, that grew from this discovery bestowed on the lands a name that resonated with hope and promise - Vinland.
Intrigued almost 1,000 years later by allusions in the ancient sagas of fabled Vinland, a husband-and-wife team pooled their considerable talents and skills to solve one of history's greatest puzzles. They considered the scholarship on Viking culture and technology, studied maps, and researched intensively the prominent theories on Vinland's location. Finally their efforts bore fruit when a remote Newfoundland peninsula yielded a soapstone spindle-whorl, a Viking ring pin and what were unmistakably the overgrown remnants of more than a dozen Viking buildings. The amazing revelation overturned centuries of historical conjecture and proved that Columbus's discovery of America had been scooped more than four centuries before he was born.
The Viking Discovery of America brings to life the true tale of a voyage once thought impossible. The detailed account presented here entwines fascinating details about Viking shipbuilding, navigation, culture and lifestyle together with an in-depth exploration of the detective process used by the authors to bring the truth to light.

Publisher: St. John's, NF : Breakwater, c2000
ISBN: 9780816047161
Characteristics: vi, 194 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Ingstad, Anne Stine 1918-1997


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Jun 24, 2010

A lot of boring descritption on an interesting subject. The author quotes from centuries-old manuscripts (good and interesting) and then he compares them. Then he analyzes them. Then he adds some more manuscripts, and does the same thing. Then he compares the previous and current ones ... When I actually find the logical facts, it is great. But there is a lot of reading required to find them. And this in a book that is only 181 pages long!

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