Ever since L’Anse aux Meadows was discovered in Newfoundland in 1960, archaeologists have been scouring the area looking for a second Viking settlement.
After 56 years, it appears their search may finally be over.
Satellite imagery taken last year showed possible man-made shapes about 500km south of L’Anse aux Meadows, near Point Rosee. Naturally, it wasn’t long before researchers flocked to the area to begin digging for signs that those man-made shapes could have been leftover from a Norse settlement–and they certainly weren’t disappointed.
What researchers found were Viking-style turf walls, ash residue and evidence of iron working–all of which are not associated with the First Nations people of that region. Carbon testing also revealed that the site dates back to the Norse era, and archaeologists are poised to begin digging again this summer.
For the time being however, L’Anse aux Meadows remains the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America. But by the sounds of things, you should probably expect that to change.
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