L'Anse Aux Meadows


More than a half a century ago, the published findings of W. A. Munn, a distinguished Newfoundland historian, presented a very convincing case identifying the general area of Pistolet Bay at the northern tip of the island of Newfoundland as the site of Vinland the Good. More specifically, he visualized the Vikings landing at what is now known as L'Anse Aux Meadows and then sailing around Cape Onion into Pistolet Bay to settle the shores of Milan Arm.

It is extremely interesting to note that his theories placed a Viking settlement within a few scant miles of the spot where, 50 years later, archaelogists unearthed actual evidence of a Norse village. The recent findings were made at L'Anse Aux Meadows, mentioned in Mr. Munn's account as one of the temporary landing places of the Viking voyagers.

In the spring of 1960, a twentieth century Viking explorer appeared in Newfoundland. Helge Ingstad, a tall, white haired Norwegian, has spent most of his adult life in scientific research and exploration and has published a number of comprehensive books on the ancient history of Northern and Arctic civilizations.

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