L'Anse aux Meadows is an archaeological site located on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland Island in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Discovered in 1960, L'Anse aux Meadows is the most popular site of Norse or Viking settlement found in North America.
Dating to about the year 1000, the site is widely regarded as evidence of pre-Columbian transocean contact. L'Anse aux Meadows is notable for the possible connection with attempted colony of Vinland founded by Leif Erikson during the same period or with Norse exploration of the Americas. In 1978 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The site now popular as L'Anse aux Meadows was recorded for the first time on a French nautical chart (created in 1862) as Anse à la Médée ("Médée's Cove"). The toponym probably refers to a ship named after Medea, a Greek mythological figure which would have been a name typical for seagoing ships at the time. The cove that faces the modern village L'Anse aux Meadows is still called Médée Bay.
Contemporary archaeological studies suggest that L'Anse aux Meadows site wasn't Vinland itself, but was rather within a larger region called Vinland, extending south from L'Anse aux Meadows to New Brunswick and St.Lawrence River. L'Anse aux Meadows village served as a winter camp and exploration base for expeditions heading southward into Gulf of St.Lawrence. The settlements of Vinland that was mentioned in the two sagas, Hóp (Norse Greenlanders) and Leifsbudir (Leif Ericson), have both been claimed L'Anse aux Meadows site.
Highlights: Norse settlement
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