The Viking Discovery of America: The Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland

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Breakwater Books, 2000 - America - 194 pages
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Faced with harsh conditions in their Greenland home, a group of Vikings took the reins of fate into their own hands. With incredible luck, skill and fortitude, they discovered lands filled with a profusion of wood, wild game and fertile land. In the sagas that grew from this discovery, the lands were given names that resonated with hope and promise. Almost 1000 years later, a husband and wife team united their talents. Intrigued by allusions in the ancient sagas to fabled Vinland, they considered the scholarship on Viking culture and technology; they studied maps and they researched intensively the prominent theories on Vinland's location. And finally their efforts bore fruit when a remote Newfoundland peninsula yielded up a soapstone spindle-whorl, a Viking ring pin, and what had to be the overgrown remnants of over a dozen Viking buildings.
  

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User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

A great book to start with. A little repetitive, but by the end I felt thoroughly versed in the Vinland Sagas etc. The discoveries and arguments of the Ingstads were the essential jumping off point ... Read full review

Contents

Ships and Navigation
1
The Norse Community in Greenland
7
The Ancient Sources
29
The Grcenlendinga Saga 35
59
The Origin of Grcenlendinga Saga
63
Eriks Saga
69
Adam of Bremen
103
Maps HI 10 The Discovery of a Norse Settlement in America
123
LAnse aux Meadows
129
The Excavation
141
Epilogue
171
Bibliography
183
Index
188
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