An archaeological discovery may turn out to be another Viking settlement in North America
The discovery may be evidence that the Vikings also were active at a place about 500 km from the only place in Canada where researchers today are confident that they have lived.
Currently there is much that the researchers still don’t know about the new discovery, but archaeologist Sarah Parcak thinks the excavation is very interesting.
– This is either an entirely new culture that looks exactly like the Norse and we don’t know much about. Or is it the westernmost Norse site ever discovered, she says to The Washington Post.
Parcak is increasingly optimistic about the possibility that the latter is the case. Meanwhile, she acknowledges that scientists still have not uncovered a definitive proof that this really is a Viking place.
A cracked stone that could be remnants of a fireplace, and some pieces of iron have been found at the excavation site, according to the newspaper. It is unclear exactly what has been found, but it can be anything from homes or storages to something completely different.
To date the only proof of Viking presence in North America has come from the site at L’Anse aux Meadows to the north of Newfoundland. The find in this small place was made by the Norwegians Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad in the 1960s.
The new excavation site is also located on Newfoundland, but in the far southwest of the island. The discovery, which was made using satellite images, is to be presented in a two-hour documentary on PBS next week.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today