I’ve discussed here and in books about the Viking voyages to America prior to Columbus. Once thought fanciful, ruins discovered in Canada in the 1960s changed all that. Yet any potential Viking finds other than these ruins are viewed with intense skepticism. True, science needs to weed out frauds. However, historians acknowledge the Norse visited here for centuries, so what’s the possibility of other artifacts?
At Last Kings of Norse America, cases for the authenticity of long-debated runestones found here are presented.
I’ve mentioned before the Newport Tower, which is detailed at length here. Many believe this to have been built by the Norsemen.
So what was their impact and scope in the Americas? Did these accomplished explorers that once traveled much of Europe only build one short-lived settlement and leave?
Someday, perhaps, we’ll know.
Derrick: Ever heard of or read The Farfarers: Before the Norse
by Farley Mowat? He contends a group he terms the “Albans” arrived ahead of the Vikings – actually fleeing their pillaging in Scotland. ..just wondered. Mowat’s book is on my “to-read” list. Jim Reeverts, RTB/Rochester,NY