27 August 2016

USA: VIKING ARTEFACTS DISCOVERED NEAR GREAT LAKES

This satirical article from World News Daily that ran in 2014 is very exciting, truthful content, spelling, and grammatical errors notwithstanding. I don’t know whether or not is has any validity, but if it does prove to be true it would set the much vaunted field of archaeology on its ear. Any truth in it would necessitate the destruction and/or revision of whole libraries full of books that flatly state the Norse never penetrated into America. Really?

I have long maintained that the Norse, or Vikings as most people call them, penetrated large areas of North America long before any other white man ever came to this continent. They were explorers after all.

I have written three character driven historical fiction novels – the 
Axe of Iron series - about the assimilation I believe occurred between the Norse Greenlanders, who came to this continent during pre-historical times, and the native Indian population. (Ed.)

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World News Daily



Michigan| A group of amateur archaeologists searching for the remains of a Native American settlements near the town of Cheboygan, on the coast of Lake Huron, have uncovered a large quantity of artefacts, allegedly of Norse or Viking origin. A total of 194 objects, mostly made from various metals including silver, iron, copper and tin, were found on what could be the site of an ancient viking trade post, controlling the Straights of Mackinac, that leads to Lake Michigan.

The artefacts are of various nature and geographical origin. Swords, axes and other weapons from Scandinavian or Germanic origin, silver buttons and a balance scale allegedly from the British isles, hair combs and knife handles made of walrus ivory and originating from Greenland or Iceland… The presence of all these goods suggests an elaborate and efficient economic system based on long-distance trade.

Archaeologists had been searching the eastern coast of North America for signs of the passage of Norsemen, ever since the discovery in 1960 of the site of l’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada. Many items found on that first site had suggested that an elaborate network of trade existed between that specific Norse colony and the American continent. Such clues included the remains of butternuts, which didn’t grow on any land north of the province of New Brunswick, and therefore had to be “imported”. Other possible Norse outposts were identified in 2012, in Nanook, in the Tanfield Valley on Baffin Island, as well as in Nunguvik, on the Willows Island and the Avayalik Islands.

This is however the first Viking settlement discovered in the area of the North American Great Lakes, and this could bring a lot of new information concerning the actual extent of their trade network on the continent. The site is strategically located to enable control of the waterways leading to both Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, while enabling a navigable access to the St-Lawrence Bassin and the Atlantic Ocean. All of the items already already recovered have been transfered for further analysis to the Department of Archaeology of the University of Michigan, which has also inherited the responsability for the site. Further research should be done over the next months to complete the survey of the site and gather all possible remaining artefacts.


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