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L'anse aux Meadows - The Story Of The Viking Discovery of America
Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad Elisabeth S. Seeberg (translator)

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Faced with crowded and harsh conditions in their Greenland home, a group of Vikings took the reins of Fate into their own hands. With incredible luck, skill and fortitude, they discovered lands filled with a profusion of wood wild game and fertile land. In the sagas that grew from the discovery, the lands were given names that resonated with hope and promise. Almost 1000 years later, a husband and wife team united their considerable talents. Intrigued by allusions in the ancient sagas to fabled Vinland, they considered the scholarship on Viking culture and technology; they studied maps and they researched intensely the prominent theories on Vinland's location. Finally, their efforts bore fruit when a remote Newfoundland peninsula yielded up a soapstone spindle-whorl, a Viking ring pin and what had to be the overgrown remnants of over a dozen Viking buildings. Centuries of historical thought were overturned as it became obvious that Columbus' discovery of America had been scooped-over four centuries before he was born. The Viking Discovery of America unites both of these stories. Entwining fascinating details about shipbuilding, navigation, culture and lifestyle together with an in-depth account of the detective process. Helge Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine Ingstad, archaeologists extraordinaire, shared a special interest in Viking research. From 1961 to 1968 they conducted a series of intensive archaeological expeditions to L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, solving the mystery of the first European settlement in North America.


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