L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site - remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement, evidence of first European presence in North America
Baku, October 31, AZERTAC
L'Anse aux Meadows Natural Historical Site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Great Northern Peninsula tip of Newfoundland, Canada.
The remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America.
The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site contains the excavated remains of a complete 11th-century Viking settlement, the earliest evidence of Europeans in North America.
This exceptional archaeological site consists of eight timber-framed turf structures built in the same style as those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland from the same period.
The buildings include three dwellings, one forge and four workshops, on a narrow terrace overlooking a peat bog and small brook near the shore of Epaves Bay in the Straight of Belle Isle.
Artifacts found at the site show evidence of activities including iron production and woodworking, likely used for ship repair, as well as indications that those who used the camp voyaged further south.
The remnants correspond with the stories told in the Vinland Sagas, which document the voyages of Leif Erikson and other Norse explorers who ventured westward across the Atlantic Ocean from Iceland and Greenland to find and explore new territory, a significant achievement in the history of human migration and discovery.
Designated as UNESO World Heritage Site in 1978, L’Anse aux Meadows is the first and only known site established by Vikings in North America and the earliest evidence of European settlement in the New World.