“The Vikings sailed great distances in their iconic longships. To the west, they established settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and eventually a base at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada. However, it has remained unclear when this first transatlantic activity took place. Here, scientists show that Europeans were present in the Americas in 1021 AD — precisely 1000 years ago this year. This date also marks the earliest known point by which the Atlantic had been crossed, and migration by humankind had finally encircled the entire planet.”
Comment: There is the little puzzle of the Kensington runestone. It was supposedly found gripped tight in the roots of of a very old tree in Minnesota.
“Vinland?” There are no wild grapes in northern Newfoundland. You have to travel far to the south to find them. New Brunswick is the northern limit of both wild grapes and of the fruit of the butternut tree which was found in the Viking settlement at Anse aux Meadows. pl
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