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The Viking discovery of America : the excavation of a Norse settlement in L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

Author: Helge Ingstad; Anne Stine Ingstad
Publisher: New York : Checkmark Books, ©2001.
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"Driven from their Greenland home by crowded and harsh conditions, a bold group of Vikings set sail in search of freedom and better lands. With incredible luck, skill, and fortitude, they persevered and discovered a place with a profusion of wood, wild game, and fertile soil. The sagas, or narratives, that grew from this discovery bestowed on the lands a name that resonated with hope and promise - Vinland."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helge Ingstad; Anne Stine Ingstad
ISBN: 0816047162 9780816047161
OCLC Number: 46683692
Description: vi, 194 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Ships and navigation --
The Norse community in Greenland --
The ancient sources --
The Groenlendinga saga --
The origin of Groenlendinga saga --
Erik's saga --
Adam of Bremen --
The discovery of a Norse settlement in America --
L'Anse aux Meadows --
The excavation --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: [Helge Ingstad & Anne Stine Ingstad].
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Combining a first-hand account of the Ingstads' discoveries with a history of Viking exploration, this archaeological survey refutes centuries of historical assumptions about Viking contact with the  Read more...

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