Athena Review Image Archive

Map of Viking landing area in Newfoundland

Location of the Vinland described in the Viking sagas has been the subject of much speculation. In 1960, Norwegian archaeologists Helge Ingstad and his wife Anne Stine investigated at Epaves Bay in Newfoundland at a site called L'Anse aux Meadows (Meadow Cove), and discovered  the only Viking settlement so far known in North America.

The excavation of L'Anse aux Meadows revealed the outlines of eight sod-walled structures, one with features suggesting it was a bath-house of a type known from the Norse occupation of Greenland. This is the first solid, material evidence that the Vinland described in the Viking sagas was a real place visited ca. AD 1000 by Leif Erickson and his companions.

[Fig.1: Map of Newfoundland coast, showing Viking landing site in inset box.]

[For more details, see Vikings in Vinland.]

Athena Review Image Archive™   | Guide to Archaeology on the Internet   |   free trial issue |  subscribe  |  back issues

Main index of Athena Review   |   Subject Index   |   Travel Pages   |  Galleries and Museums  |  Ad rates |  Current issue index

Copyright  ©  1996-2009  Athena Publications, Inc.  (All Rights Reserved)