Thursday, 19 July 2012

Early viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows

At the top of Gros Morne Peninsula, Newfoundland, we stopped at St Anthony to see a few more offshore icebergs and at L'Anse aux Meadows, an early Viking site.

A viking house made of peat sods

Evidence shows the Vikings, maybe the son of Eric the Red, in 1000 AD approx. settled here for ten years or so gathering timber to take back to Greenland where they were settling. There is evidence of smelting and forging bog iron.

A reconstruction illustrated their life, again with knowlegable costumed guides and warming log fires.
It was very wet, windy and cold in the Peat bogs.

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