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New Evidence Suggest Vikings Were in North America Before Columbus

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Scientists have found evidence that Vikings lived in Newfoundland 1,000 years ago. Credit: Public Domain

New evidence from a study published on Wednesday indicates that Vikings from Greenland were living in Newfoundland 1,000 years ago.

Newfoundland is located in North America via Canada. Scientists have suspected for years that Vikings had settled in the area, but had not been able to assign a precise date to this encampment until now.

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The authors of the research were able to trace the Vikings to trees they had cut down in order to build their shelter in Newfoundland. The trees indicate that the settlers were in the area as early as 1021– 470 years before Christopher Columbus had arrived on the continent.

“This is the first time the date has been scientifically established,” said archaeologist Margot Kuitems, a researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands who also led the study.

“Previously the date was based only on sagas — oral histories that were only written down in the 13th century, at least 200 years after the events they described took place,” Kuitems said.

These Viking settlers originated in Iceland and Scandanavia and made their way to Greenland before touching down in Newfoundland. The research shows that the Vikings were not quite comfortable in North America, and left their village in Newfoundland after only 13 years to go back to Greenland.

“I am impressed by the results,” says Thomas McGovern, an archaeologist at Hunter College in New York City who was not a part of the project. “The site continues to provide data after all these years. I think the date is totally plausible and fits with Birgitta Wallace’s original idea of a fairly short, circa 1000 [C.E.] settlement event,” adds McGovern, who has been studying what took place at the Norse settlements in Greenland for roughly twenty years.

Scientists used “cosmic ray event” to find the precise date Viking settlers lived in North America

The team was able to find the precise date through a naturally radioactive form of carbon that was present in the wood at the site. Using radiocarbon dating has been a tried and true practice for archaeologists for years, but this study stands apart for using a process contingent on a “cosmic ray event” to find the date.

Scientists had already determined that a cosmic ray event had occurred in 993, shortly before the Vikings arrived in Newfoundland. The event was believed to have caused larger amounts of radioactive carbon-14 in the carbon dioxide of the atmosphere than normal.

Trees release carbon dioxide throughout their lives, and the researchers matched the radioactive carbon signature from the cosmic ray event with the growth rings found in the tree. They then traced the tree’s life from 993, the date of the event, until when the tree was cut down– the moment that the Vikings had used it to build their settlement.

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