November 1, 2012

Winning the bronze, brass, and iron medals …

Filed under: Blogging update, Vikings! — ArchaeoFriend @ 8:42 am

New information from Nanook site on Baffin Island confirms that this was a Viking settlement.  Viking-like architecture, drainage patterns, a whale-bone sod-cutting hoe, yarn, and other material culture was found at the site, but now new evidence makes a Viking presence all the more likely.  Sharpening stones found at this site have traces of bronze, brass, and smelted iron in the groves of the artifacts.  Such metallurgy is only associated with Vikings and not with the native peoples of the area.  This would make the site on Baffin Island only the second recognized Viking site on the mainland of North America.

Baffin island location

(The location of Baffin Island is shown in red — quite close to the former Greenland colonies)

For an earlier Archaeoblog posting about this site, click here.

1 Comment

  1. Saw a documentary which suggested the Norse went to Ungava Bay and went native, after giving up on Greenland. Anything on that in the literature?

    Comment by Richard Aubrey — November 2, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

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