The Site Finds
The L’Anse Aux Meadows site includes the remains of eight buildings, including a blacksmith’s forge, a carpentry workshop, and a large longhouse. The buildings were originally constructed out of turf and timber, and were in use for a relatively short period of time, from around 1000 to 1015 AD. Excavations unveiled several artifacts such as whetstones, spindle whorls, a bronze cloak pin. nails and rivets used in boat maintenance , and the remnants of iron smelting. The site is significant because it provides insight into the daily lives of the Vikings, including their diet, clothing, and technology.
Move Over Columbus
This site and its artifacts substantiate the sagas and historical accounts of Norse voyages to Vinland, a term believed to encompass parts of present-day Canada and New England. The discovery reshaped historical narratives, challenging the prevailing belief that Columbus was the first European to reach the Americas. It highlights the remarkable seafaring skills and navigational prowess of the Norse people, who embarked on treacherous voyages across the North Atlantic long before the age of modern exploration.
In addition L’Anse Aux Meadows is also an important cultural site for the indigenous people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The area has been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years, and the site is a reminder of the complex history of the region.