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11. The edge of the world: Greenland and North Americalocked

  • Julian D. Richards

Abstract

Out of all the Viking colonies, Greenland was the most isolated with the most extreme environment. The archaeological evidence for the Viking discovery of America 500 years before Columbus is limited. ‘The edge of the world: Greenland and North America’ looks at Viking exploration further afield than Europe. There is evidence that suggest that Greenlanders travelled to North America. There are no North American sites where direct contact can be demonstrated, but the quantity and distribution of Norse finds on native sites indicates that there was more contact than has been recorded in sagas. However, there was very little cultural borrowing. The cultures were completely alien to each other.

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