L’Anse aux Meadow (Meadows Cove)

L’Anse aux Meadows, also known as Meadows Cove, is an archaeological site, first excavated in the 1960s, of a Norse settlement dating to approximately 1,000 years ago. The name L’Anse aux Meadows translates as “Grassland Bay” in French-English. 

Managed by Parks Canada under the Canada National Parks Act of 2000 and the Parks Canada Agency Act of 1998, this site was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1968 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

Where is the Meadow Cove Located?

The excavated relics of a full 11th-century Viking settlement, the oldest known proof of Europeans in North America, can be found at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. 

This excellent excavation site, located at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, comprises eight timber-framed turf-building structures with the same aesthetic as those discovered in Norse Greenland and Iceland during the same period.

Historical Discovery

The Norwegian husband-wife team of adventurer Helge Ingstad and archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad unearthed the archaeological sites of Norse buildings in Newfoundland in 1960. 

Historians have already long speculated that the continent consisted of wild grapes based on the Old Norse name “Vinland,” which was noted in the Icelandic Sagas.

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