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A team of archaeologists who excavated a peat bog (acidic wetland) during 2018 near the Viking settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada, found a "layer of environmental debris" along with various viking objects and radiocarbon analysis has shown that these date back to the late 1100s or early 1200s.
Among the objects were “a bronze pin, a stone spindle, iron nails and rivets”, which made it clear that “the nordics were here”Explained Paul Ledger, principal investigator and postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Until now it was always thought that the vikings came to canada and they left quickly, in what could be considered in a simple way as a “visit”To these lands. However, the new evidence radically changes this belief.
Ledger's radiocarbon dating was published in PNAS this week, suggesting that the Vikings arrived in Newfoundland in about 910, and left in 1145, which means that the Vikings stayed much longer than historians or archaeologists believed up to now, and that they even reached “interact culturally”With local indigenous people.
Ledger's team poses back to Newfoundland next month, and they will attempt to map the extent of the peat in relation to indigenous structures found at the site, which will require reopening some sites that were already explored in the 1970s.
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