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Evidence of previously unknown North American Viking voyage found

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Two jasper fire starters found at l’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland suggests that Vikings also explored Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland.

The jasper artifacts were found L’Anse aux Meadows and the Norse explorers likely set out from that outpost. They would’ve headed due south, traveling some 143 miles (230 kilometers) to Notre Dame Bay. When they reached their destination Norse would have set foot in an area of Newfoundland that modern-day researchers know was well inhabited.

“This area of Notre Dame Bay [is] archaeologically the area of densest settlement on Newfoundland, at that time, of indigenous people, the ancestors of the Beothuk,” a people who, at the time, lived as hunter-gatherers, Smith told LiveScience.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Kevin Smith

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