Archaeologist Patricia Sutherland has been putting together a compelling case for the discovery for the second viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas. Whilst working on the Island of Baffin Sutherland found whetstones containing cupric-alloy traces, indicating the presence of bronze which was unknown to the native inhabitants but used by the viking metalsmiths.
Earlier excavations in the 1960’s uncovered parts of a stone and sod building which archaeologist Moreau Maxwell described as difficult interpret led Sutherland to suspect the presence of vikings.
In addition Sutherland has, since 2001, discovered a number of artefacts pointing to the presence of vikings, including : yarn, building remains, a whalebone shovel and pelt fragments.
October 22, 2015 at 2:52 am
Checked out L’Anse aux Meadows a few years back and am just waiting for more Viking sites to be discovered! And, of course, Columbus Day is now just a day like any other to me. 😉
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