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View From Space Could Rewrite History of Vikings in North America
The ancient chronicles told of a larger-than-life Viking warrior with a shock of red hair, banished from his home for killing another man, who sailed with hundreds of followers to an icy island in the sea. And they told of his son, who set out only a few years later to an even more distant place he knew as “Vinland,” but which today’s historians believe were the eastern coasts of modern day Canada and the United States.
A new archaeological find offers tantalizing evidence of a Viking presence 300 miles from the only place in Canada they’d ever been seen before. It doesn’t look like much – a fine-cracked stone and some mangled scraps of iron unearthed from a muddy patch of ground called Point Rosee in Newfoundland. But the lead archeologist says the site is almost certainly only one of two things:
“Either, it’s…an entirely new culture that looks exactly like the Norse and we don’t know what it is. Or it’s the westernmost Norse site that’s ever been discovered,” she said.
Just as notable as its implications for the future is the backstory of how the Point Rosee discovery was made in the first place. Satellite images, taken by cameras 400 miles above the Earth, show telltale variations in landscapes – discolored soil, changes in vegetation – that suggest something might be lying beneath them. With an infrared scanner, pinpoint hints of undergrade chambers and buried buildings can be made on site.
It’s not a substitute for schlepping out to the site and digging it up firsthand, but it does streamline the archaeological process. The archaeologists are careful to hedge when they discuss Point Rosee and its implications, saying there isn’t yet a “smoking gun.” “This is going to take years of careful excavation, and it’s going to be controversial,” the lead archaeologist said. “It raises a lot more questions than it answers. … But that’s what any new discovery is supposed to do.”
(Source: Washington Post)
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