The Vinland Mystery (1984)

The Norse settlement in North America

Viking colonization site at L'Anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada. Photographer: Dylan Kereluk
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The Vinland Mystery

William Pettigrew, 1984, 28 min 59 s


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.

Source: National Film Board of Canada

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