National Treasure #62: L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows is currently the only confirmed Norse site in North America. It represents the farthest-known extent of European exploration and settlement of the New World before the voyages of Christopher Columbus almost 500 years later. – Wikipedia

It took a Norwegian archaeologist husband-and-wife team to figure it out and to do the excavations that proved the point: Almost 500 years before Columbus, the Vikings established a site in what is now the island of Newfoundland.  It didn’t last – something about conflict with the locals – but they actually lived there for a few years.  It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Shoreline at archaelogical site

Replica of peat hut.

Actor in period dress in reconstructed Norse settlement.