Five hundred years before Columbus and his men landed in the New World, an entirely different group of European plunderers had already come and gone.
Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows is believed the be the site of a small Viking outpost occupied in the year 1,000 A.D. Archaeologists estimate that as many as 160 people lived there, but suspect that harsh winters and scarce game forced them to leave after just a few years.
Historians have reconstructed many of the site’s timber and sod buildings, and actors in Viking costume give tours. It’s sort of like Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, but with big beards, axes, and swords.
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