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Viking outpost discovered in Canada

Posted on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: the L


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The strongest evidence yet of a Viking outpost on Baffin Island has been presented by archaeologists.

It had long been suspected that the seafaring Vikings had traversed the Atlantic ocean as long ago as the 10th century, but it wasn't until the 1960s when two Norwegian researchers unearthed the remains of a Viking base camp in Newfoundland that this suspicion was confirmed. Now archaeologist Patricia Sutherland has announced new findings including Viking alloys and blade-sharpening tools that suggest a second outpost has been located in Canada.

Sutherland believes that parties of Viking explorers may have traveled to Canada in search of valuable resources such as furs and walrus ivory. It is also thought that they may have traded with Native Americans as part of what could have been a fully fledged transatlantic trade network.

"For the past 50 years - since the discovery of a thousand-year-old Viking way station in Newfoundland—archaeologists and amateur historians have combed North America's east coast searching for traces of Viking visitors."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by synchronomy on 21 October, 2012, 14:24
I found this article today. Further investigation to be done. It could predate Viking visits to Canada by a long time! http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/10/18/did-europeans-visit-north-america-as-early-as-2000-bc
Comment icon #13 Posted by Ninhursag on 21 October, 2012, 15:16
How fascinating were those Vikings .. They were much much more than mere barbarians ..
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ryegrog on 21 October, 2012, 15:25
Though technically "discovering america" is a pretty eurocentric viewpoint. Its not really possible to "discover" a place that is already populated by humans. Just sayin... Ok, if this makes you feel better. Between Erickson and Columbus who was first to land in the Americas. Just sayin...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 21 October, 2012, 15:26
How fascinating were those Vikings .. They were much much more than mere barbarians . I know! they were skilled seafarers, traders, farmers, merchants, mercenaries, explorers - explorers that in all likelihood explored the vast majority of the eastern US/Canada/Canadian arctic, travelled from the norse lands far into central asia, north africa, and all throughout europe. I found this article today.Further investigation to be done. It could predate Viking visits to Canada by a long time! http://www.ottawasun...arly-as-2000-bc i've always been of the mind that early people travelled far more the... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jello on 21 October, 2012, 16:58
This just probes that Columbus was simply a tourist
Comment icon #17 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 21 October, 2012, 17:05
This just probes that Columbus was simply a tourist A tourist who (recently appears to have) had spent time in Iceland - literally only a decade or two after greenland settlement vanished. An iceland who would have still had survivors who had journeyed from Greenland to North America. Minor details though
Comment icon #18 Posted by Uncle Sam on 22 October, 2012, 4:54
I would love to see a game based off Viking and Norse Mythology. It could be like the Oblivion and Skyrim style game play, but with the shape of the world back when Vikings and Norse people roamed the world. Settlements and petty wars could definitely make the game extremely fun!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Ninhursag on 22 October, 2012, 9:00
Comment icon #20 Posted by Abramelin on 22 October, 2012, 9:05
I found this article today. Further investigation to be done. It could predate Viking visits to Canada by a long time! http://www.ottawasun...arly-as-2000-bc Didn't Barry Fell already suggest this? And most if not all of what Fell claimed to be ancient European and Mediterranean (Celtic, Celt-Iberian, Libyan, Phoenician), has been disproved by science, as far as I know.
Comment icon #21 Posted by highdesert50 on 13 November, 2012, 12:22
It would be interesting to see how these visits correlated with extreme climate change. Were these explorers hugging the coastlines of polar ice floe in colder years allowing them to travel further eastward. If so, it really seems possible they could have traveled much further south along the Atlantic coast and established settlements to weather the winters.


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