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The Vinland Mystery

The Vinland Mystery

The Vinland Mystery by William Pettigrew, National Film Board of Canada

Made by the National Film Board of Canada in 1984, this short documentary depicts the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America – Vinland the Good. Mentioned in Icelandic manuscripts and speculated about for over two centuries, Vinland is known as “the place where the wild grapes grow” and was thought to be on the eastern coast between Virginia and Newfoundland. In 1960 a curious group of house mounds was uncovered at l’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland by Drs. Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad of Norway. Added to the United Nations World Heritage List, l’Anse aux Meadows is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

Click here to see more films from the National Film Board

See also:

Profile of L’anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

Vinland Map is authentic, expert confirms

What did the Viking Discoverers of America Know of the North Atlantic Environment?

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