Discovery

[ Ingstad Bust ]

Ingstad Bust, Bust of Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad commemorating the Ingstad discoveries at L'Anse aux Meadows, now a National Historic Site of Canada. , Dale Wells,

Several researchers had suggested that the Strait of Belle Isle was the place to search for evidence of the Norse. The first to do so was a Newfoundlander, William A. Munn, in 1914. A Finnish geographer, Vńin÷ Tanner came to the same conclusion in 1944. Inspired by a pamphlet written by Munn, an American army corps engineer searched an area about 25 km southwest of L’Anse aux Meadows for evidence of the Norse in 1948, and in 1956 the Danish archaeologist J°rgen Meldgaard conducted excavations in the same area. It was not until 1960, however, that physical evidence of the Norse was identified by the Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad in the village of L’Anse aux Meadows.

William Munn

Parkers Brook, Pistolet Bay NL

Danish archaeologist J°rgen Meldgaard

Westerbrook, Pistolet Bay NL

Helge & Anne Stine

Ingstad Plaque

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