Vikings may have travelled hundreds of miles further into North America than the previous findings revealed a new discovery. It is already said that they arrived at the tip of the continent 1000 years ago. However, historians were not certain about the full extent of their exploration. The discovery of Viking life in America will change the history.
A group of archeologists arrived at Point Rosee, a narrow windswept peninsula in Newfoundland, equipped with modern day treasure map. The peninsula stretches from Southern Newfoundland into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Satellite imagery captured 383 miles (600km) of it above the earth.
The site is located by Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow and “space archeologist.” The discovery in Newfoundland is partly supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society. Parcak’s space-based surveillance not only helps to find artifacts in barren deserts but also in regions covered by tall grasses and other plants.
Parcak said, “I am absolutely thrilled. Typically in archaeology, you only ever get to write a footnote in the history books, but what we seem to have at Point Rosee may be the beginning of an entirely new chapter.”
The findings revealed that Point Rosee is an optimum site for Norse settlers.
They found a stone hearth, which was mainly used for working iron, stated National Geographic. The turf structure surrounding the hearth has no resemblance with shelters built by indigenous people. It also has no similarity with shelters made by the Basque fisherman and whalers who reached the land in the 16th century.
Douglas Bolender, a research assistant professor of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and an archaeologist specializing in Norse settlements, said, “the sagas suggest a short period of activity and a very brief and failed colonization attempt.”
“There aren’t any known cultures—prehistoric or modern—that would have been mining and roasting bog iron ore in Newfoundland other than the Norse,” stated Bolender.
The discovery has the potential to rewrite the history which confirmed that Viking site in the New World is L’Anse aux Meadows. It is a 1000-year-old way station on the northern tip of Newfoundland. The way station was found in 1960. The finding not only will rewrite history but also aid the search of lost Viking settlements.
He noted, “L’Anse aux Meadows fits well with that story but is only one site. Point Rosee could reinforce that story or completely change it if the dating is different from L’Anse aux Meadows. We could end up with a much longer period of Norse activity in the New World.”
According to BBC if Parcak has found a Viking site, it will prompt search for Viking life across eastern Canada and New England which may actually stretch as far as New York and beyond.
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