Lonely Planet Writer

Satellite technology uncovers second Viking settlement in Newfoundland

Using satellite infrared technology, scientists have discovered evidence of a second Viking settlement in North America, 300 miles south of the one found in L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland.

Replica Viking hut at L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland.
Replica Viking hut at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Image by Eric Titcombe / CC BY 2.0

Researchers believe satellite imagery shows the existence of man-made structures. Magnetometer readings also taken at the site revealed elevated iron levels, and further excavation yielded evidence of metallurgy not associated with native residents of the area. The discovery and excavation will be detailed on a two-hour PBS documentary called “Vikings Unearthed,” which will be aired next week. Read more: theglobeandmail.com