L'Anse aux Meadows is an archaeological site located on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland Island (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada). Discovered in 1960, this is the most popular site of Norse / Viking settlement found in North America.
Constructed around the year 1000 AD, the site is regarded as evidence of pre-Columbian transatlantic crossings between Europe and America. It is notable for the possible connection with Vinland (North American colony of Norse Vikings). In 1978 the site was designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
It was first recorded on a French map (created in 1862) under the name "Anse a la Medee". The cove that faces the village is still called Medee Bay. Current-day archaeological studies suggest that L'Anse aux Meadows wasn't Vinland itself, but rather within a larger region extending south to New Brunswick and St.Lawrence River. The Viking village served as winter camp and base for marine expeditions heading southward into Gulf of St.Lawrence. Vinland settlements were mentioned in the two Norse sagas - Hóp and Leifsbudir, both claiming the L'Anse aux Meadows site.