Vinland

Vinland, Vineland or Winland (Old Norse: Vínland) is the area of coastal North America explored by Norse Vikings, where Leif Erikson first landed around the year 1000, approximately five centuries prior to the voyages of Christopher Columbus and John Cabot. Vinland was the name given to North America as far as it was explored by the Norse, presumably including both Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence as far as northeastern New Brunswick (where the eponymous grapevines are found).

In 1960, archaeological evidence of the only known Norse site in North America (outside Greenland) was found at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland. Before the discovery of archaeological evidence, Vinland was known only from Old Norse sagas and medieval historiography. The 1960 discovery proved the pre-Columbian Norse exploration of mainland North America. L’Anse aux Meadows may correspond to the camp Straumfjörð mentioned in the Saga of Erik the Red.

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  1. Seax · November 1, 2019

    So, ya. Maine might have received Viking feet. There’s a number of odd things in New England which defy the plastic law of “credit coloureds.”

    Spirit Pond Runestone, origin hotly debated. I seen it myself. I don’t know as I believe it’s a fake like the experts say.

    You have your Gokstad Coin.

    In Massachusetts I believe it was you have the New England Stonehenge. Not as impressive as it sounds, but still very cool.

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    • vikinglifeblog · November 2, 2019

      Maine have a pretty good geographic destination for a Viking visit, back then.
      Maybe one day, someone dig a hole and find something interesting. It still happens here regulary.

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      • Seax · November 2, 2019

        I hope so.

        And not do what (Norway maybe) does and refuse to publicise or take care of the finds.

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    • vikinglifeblog · November 2, 2019

      I did not know of the Gokstad Coin

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      • Seax · November 2, 2019

        Not many do. It’s one of those weird little things that make you go “huh.”

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    • vikinglifeblog · November 2, 2019

      “And not do what (Norway maybe) does and refuse to publicise or take care of the finds.”

      I have not heard of Norway doing that, they have plenty of oil billions to finance it.
      But Sweden does it and worse. I think, they have even smelted Viking gold. Their minister of culture (or something) is from Iran, Pakistan or some other sh-thole.

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      • Seax · November 2, 2019

        My bad. Swedanistan.

        That sucks.

        And makes me angry, for all the good it does.

        I’ma go to bed and dream of a reality where Sweden didn’t cuck harder than the US in GloboHomo.

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    • vikinglifeblog · November 2, 2019

      Have a goodnight and a great weekend!

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      • Seax · November 2, 2019

        Ditto.

        Like

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