Wednesday, September 16, 2015

L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, August 2015

One of the places that I have long wanted to visit is L’Anse aux Meadows at the tip of the Northern Peninsula. This is where Lief Ericsson traveled in ~1,000CE and was known in the sagas as Vinland. The Norwegian couple Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad traveled in the region in the early 1960s looking for Vinland. They were pointed to L’Anse aux Meadows as a possible site. Local elder, George Decker showed them what he thought was the site of "native" ruins. There was indeed evidence of Paleoeskimo and Beothic at the site. But there was also clear evidence of the only Viking site in North America. The site has an excellent visitors centre and a reconstruction of the site, with interpreters at work. The site is impressive and we spent some hours there.  

Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad

Sod walls on the reconstructed building

Looking to sea

Reconstruction ... this was a very large building


Evidence of the buildings from 1000CE 

Interesting sculpture on the boardwalk from the Visitors Center 

Detail of the artwork

Visitors Center

Leif Ericsson

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