Near St Lunaire-Griquet in Division No. 9 (North Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Canadian Atlantic
L’Anse aux Meadows
Discovered in 1960, this is the first authenticated Norse site found in North America and could be Leif Ericsson's short-lived Vinland camp. Some time about AD 1000 Norse seafarers established a base here from which they explored southwards. The traces of bog iron found - the first known example of iron smelting in the new world - in conjunction with evidence of carpentry suggest that boat repair was an important activity. The distance from their homelands and conflict with Native people may have led the Norse to abandon the site.
Découvert en 1960, ce site est le lieu du premier établissement reconnu en Amérique du Nord. Il pourrait s'agir du campement de Vinland qui fut établi par Leif Ericsson et qui fut de courte durée. Vers l'an mille, des marins scandinaves implantèrent une base d'où ils explorèrent des régions situées plus au sud. Premier exemple connu de fonte du fer dans le Nouveau Monde, les traces de fer des marais, qui ont été retrouvées avec des vestiges de menuiserie, donnent à penser que la réparation de barques était une activité importante. L'éloignement de leur patrie et les conflits avec des autochtones poussèrent probablement les Scandinaves à abandonner cet endroit.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of
Location. 51° 35.525′ N, 55° 31.982′ W. Marker is near St Lunaire-Griquet, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 9 (North Peninsula). Marker can be reached from Newfoundland and Labrador Route 436 just from Newfoundland and Labrador Route 430. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: St Lunaire-Griquet, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 2X0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The End of a Quest: L’aboutissement d’une quête (within shouting distance of this marker).
More about this marker. L’Anse aux Meadows near the end of Route 436, 30 km from the intersection of Route 430. The marker is located at the Visitors Center, a short walk from the parking lot.
Also see . . .
1. Viking-Age Exploration in North America - Hurstwic. The Norse voyages to North America are described in two Icelandic sagas, Eiríks saga rauða, and Grænlendinga saga. The sagas say that in the year 985, the Icelander Bjarni Herjólfsson was blown off course on his way to Greenland and spotted a new land. Surprisingly, he didn't go ashore, but he did eventually return to Greenland to tell his story. (Submitted on December 11, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America - History.com. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence that supports the sagas’ stories of the Norse expeditions to America. In 1960, Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad scoured the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland for signs of a possible settlement, and he found it on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland at L’Anse aux Meadows. (Submitted on December 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. Norse colonization of the Americas - Wikipedia. The Norse colony in Greenland lasted for almost 500 years. Continental North American settlements were small and did not develop into permanent colonies. While voyages, for example to collect timber, are likely to have occurred for some time, there is no evidence of enduring Norse settlements on mainland North America. (Submitted on December 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Categories. • Exploration • Settlements & Settlers •
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