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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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? ;’)
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