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The Americas & Caribbean

About L’Anse aux Meadows

Located on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland in Canada’s province of Newfoundland and Labrador, L’Anse aux Meadows is the site of the first Norse settlement in the Americas. Leif Eriksson’s voyage here from Greenland in the late 10th century predated Columbus’s more heralded discovery in 1492. Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the ancient village provides fascinating insight into the day to day lives of Vikings. Each of the remarkable dwellings and workshops is constructed of a wood frame covered in sod. The site was uncovered in 1960, when a resident of this small fishing village pointed out a series of mounds in the earth that he and his neighbors had always believed to be an ancient Native American camp. Archaeologist team Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad unearthed nine buildings that matched those found at sites in Greenland and Iceland. The important discovery points to the farthest known European exploration before the days of Columbus.