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Where is Vinland?

Where is Vinland?

This site includes an extensive collection of historical documents and images related to the Vikings and their legendary settlement known as Vinland. The site provides archaeological, historical, climatic and environmental clues, plus a 3-D reconstruction and 3-D scans of Viking artifacts, to help users solve one of the most intriguing mysteries in world history: where did Europe first meet America? Viking stories tell of several voyages to an Eden-like “Land of Grapes” in North America 500 years before Columbus. Artifacts, ruins, and land forms have been offered as evidence to locate Vinland anywhere from Florida to Labrador. In 1961, Norwegian Helge Ingstad found an ancient Viking village on the northern tip of Newfoundland, but was it Vinland? No grapes grow on this rugged peninsula in Canada. Visitors can look at the collection of online materials and develop their critical thinking skills by analyzing the evidence provided. Students are encouraged to come up with their own interpretations of primary materials, rather than relying on other people’s analyses. Educators have access to a Teachers' Guide and experts’ interpretations of the mystery. The site is available in English and French.


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