L'Anse aux Meadows

Newfoundland, Canada

At the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

Dating to around the year 1000 (carbon dating estimate 990-1050 CE), L'Anse aux Meadows is the only site widely accepted as evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. It is notable for its possible connection with the attempted colony of Vinland established by Leif Erikson around the same period or, more broadly, with Norse exploration of the Americas.

Today the area mostly consists of open, grassy lands; but 1000 years ago, there were forests which were beneficial in boat-building, house-building and for iron extraction. The remains of eight buildings were located. They are believed to have been constructed of sod placed over a wooden frame. Based on associated artifacts, the buildings were variously identified as dwellings or workshops.

L'Anse aux Meadows was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978.



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Newfoundland, Canada
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Founded: 950-1050 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Canada


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Leslee Drynan (7 months ago)
Wonderful! Catching it at the end of the season. Visitor's center closed yesterday. We had the place to ourselves and very much enjoyed it. Kudos to the park agents who left a wheelchair in the washrooms, otherwise I would not have been able to see as much as we did. I certainly appreciated it.
jennifer russell (8 months ago)
It was neat to see...covid protocols in place, the experience was what you made of it. An incredibly long drive. Staff were very informative.
Pat Mann (12 months ago)
Hugely significant site. Anyone visiting Newfoundland should make a point of visiting here because of the historic significance of the "closing of the circle" by the meeting of humans who left Africa 100,000 years or so ago heading west finally circling the earth to meet those heading east. The question raised is, why did the circle break again, for nearly 500 years more? A beautiful location with this significance well displayed in the Visitor Center and at the sculpture with its audio messages from the sculpture team and the First Nations representative. The bookstore is one of the few sources for books about the excavations, and includes a newer book on the more recent excavations by Parks Canada. The site can be readily visited by thise who are disabled and have difficulty with stairs - that access point and parking area for the settlement site needs to be better publicized at the Visitor Center.
aw george (2 years ago)
A definite must see
ABADE Family of Companies (2 years ago)
Get spot yo visit .. soent the night in the RV here
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