Skip to comments.Viking New England [from 1976, and it's not about the next Super Bowl]
Posted on 11/23/2009 8:24:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv
...Maine has a reputation of pulling archaeology out of Sunday supplement romances into science. The University of Maine excavation at Passadumkeag, along with several smaller digs scattered through the state, resulted in a detailed picture of Red Paint Man, inhabiting Maine about 1,000 B.C. His tools, utensils, and other Old Stone Age handicraft along with his usage of red ochre strongly suggest that this proto-Indian still practised Cro-Magnon culture. Another excavation at Pemaquid Point awoke a successful settlement from its long sleep under several feet of soil. Radiocarbon dating set it as early as 1540 A.D., and the colony persisted until it entered history and misgovernment with the coming of the Pilgrims and Puritans...
Besides Nova Scotia and Bourne runestones, archaeologists discovered a rusted medieval battle axe that some blonde Early Fu Manchu had dropped at Rocky Point, Massachusetts. Farther north, Norwegian Dr. Helge Ingstat excavated a genuine Icelandic colony, radiocarbon dated at 1,000 A.D., at L'Anse Au Meadow, Newfoundland. Laval University scientists dug out traces of a Viking longhouse at Ungava, just south of Hudson Strait.
The State of Maine asked Walter L. Elliot to return the runestones. When he refused, they took the matter to court. Elliot's answer was to hide them, claiming he had buried them where he found them. He challenged Maine to rediscover them...
The Kensington Stone was the first publicized, accompanied by academic vituperative eloquence. Hjalmar Holand nevertheless broke the code and the story thus revealed matched facts in the medieval Norwegian court records. It was the story of Paul Knutson's search for Vikings in America A.D. 1355-1362...
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Thanks go to Tainan for the link!
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Blah blah blah! Go VIKINGS! Favre rules! Saints Colts and everybody not in purple suck!
Colt players Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis would love to meet Mr. Favre’s acquaintance about five yards behind the line of scrimmage, but it won’t happen this year. :D
The fact that Vikings and Iroquois had long houses always left questions in my mind about a pre-Columbian settlement here. The St. Lawrence would appear to have been one of their routes had they ventured up river. Hmmmmm ?
You’re right. You guys will be knocked out of the divisional playoffs while we’re in the Superbowl. At least you guys can dominate the pro bowl.
I don’t understand the headline on this post. Are you suggesting the Vikings will play New England in the Superbowl? Don’t think so. Hope you know the New England team is called the Patriots.
Meanwhile, Go Steelers. (They’re going to need all the help they can get!!!)
Another great history post. Thanks.
To further complicate the research, pre-Columbian tribes of the Pacific NW also built and lived in long houses.
Reckon the Viking made it all the way to the Pacific or were the long houses a N. American invention.?
Ping for later reading
A read another book on pre-Columbian archaeology some time ago - I can’t remember the title. It had a section in there about Viking mooring holes. The author claimed that Vikings regualrly used a characteristic mooring hole, drilled into the side of a rock along the shore into which a metal bar was dropped and a mooring line fastened from their ships.
Such morring holes have been supposedly found quite far south along the Atlantic Sea Baord, well into New England.
Look at the Coast of Maine and Mass, all kinds of Rivers to explore, all the way down to the Cape. What lies under 400 years of settlement?
The problem with stone anchors is, they’re not too stylish, so a stone anchor lost in ancient times would only be generally accepted if it’s found in the “right” place. :’) Mooring stones — interesting, I’d read that too, but forgotten about it. Thanks Zulu.
New England still has a team? ;’)
Favre *may* be the best, ever. Y’know, until the next best ever. I remember his first Super Bowl appearance (you probably do as well), playing against Elway, whom I always kinda disliked for little reason, and yet was rooting for. Elway got has butt handed to him in his first Super Bowl, and it took him the rest of his career to get back there. And then go the next year.
Favre looked like he was all done, with just flashes of brilliance, rapid-fire assaults on defenses, come-from-behind drives moving the ball the length of the field, and yet it wasn’t enough, or wasn’t enough of it.
IMO, he’s playing better ball right now than he has in years, although I’m pretty sure a lot of people think so. I don’t think they’ve got quite enough of a team to go all the way. Having an unbeaten team in both conferences is interesting, particularly this late in the season. It’s difficult enough to do for just one team, but having two suggests we’re heading for a battle of unbeatens.
Or at least, that’s what a lot of people would like to see — assuming they’ve got no dog in the hunt. :’)
Dunno about Farve being the Best ever. But he’s sure playing well now. I’m sure he’s happy to be able to be able to hand off to Adrian. He doesn’t have to carry this team. The Vikings D allowed 11 inches per rush last week verses the Seahawks. Awesome. He doesn’t have to force balls to receivers this year. I’ll bet he’s the happiest qback in the NFL right now. All he has to do is not lose the game. I must admit that 2 unbeatens in the SB would be interesting. Doubt that’s the scenario though... I’ll bet the pats crush the Aints this week, and the Colts are on borrowed time.
The Pats lost to the Colts, and as some wag pointed out, Bellicheck was a much better coach when he used to cheat. The NFL is so lopsided this season, moreso than usual, that most divisions appear to hold little suspense. As the season grinds on, all teams suffer at this or that position, so, no, I don’t think so. The Saints haven’t had a close game all season (oddly, except vs the Rams) though the Pats are playing better ball now than they were, my guess is, they’re gonna be mauled.
Interesting! The more we find out, the less we know for sure.
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