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Possible New World Viking site found in Newfoundland

A second possible New World Viking site has been found on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. “Tremendous, if it’s really true,” said William Fitzhugh, director of the Arctic Studies Center and Curator in Anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington. “It wouldn’t be unexpected,” he said, but

The oldest rock art in the New World

Rock art found in Brazil, which dates back between 10,000-12,000 years, is the oldest such art found in the New World. "It shows that about 11,000 years ago, there was already a very diverse manifestation of rock art in South America, so man probably arrived in the Americas much earlier than

Christopher Columbus brought syphilis back from the New World

The theory that syphilis originated in the New World has been around for a while, but new analysis of 54 Old World skeletons has confirmed the suspicions. But scientists have yet to fully agree about how it all started, Amrelagos said, with arguments beginning soon after Columbus’ return to Europe was

Analysis shows New World silver did not cause Spanish inflation

Between 1520 and 1650 Spain's economy took a dive. This was previously attributed to the belief that too much imported silver from the New World entered circulation as currency, but new analysis has revealed that this was not the case. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Spanish extracted as much

Christopher Columbus did not spread syphilis

The story that Christopher Columbus brought syphilis back to Europe from the New World has been proven false. It's been popularly theorized among experts in tropical diseases that the explorer brought back one too many treasures from the New World, including the potentially fatal sexually transmitted infection. Soon after his

400 year-old slate tablet discovered at Jamestown dig

A 400-year old slate tablet has been pulled from what Archaeologists believe was an original Jamestown well. The slate is covered with faint inscriptions of local birds, flowers, a tree and caricatures of men, along with letters and numbers, according to Preservation Virginia, which jointly operates the dig site with the

Free black Africans may have sailed with Columbus

According to chemical studies of the skeletons, especially the teeth, of Columbus's crews, some members of the expedition may have been free black Africans who arrived in the New World 10 years before the slave trade began. For example, the ratio of strontium isotopes indicates whether the person grew up in