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Voyage to Vinland - L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland (21/65)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Productions
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

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In 1000 AD, five centuries before John Cabot set foot on the shores of Newfoundland, a Norse expedition led by the legendary Leif Erickson explored the New World. They established a camp in the region which, after the discovery of wild grapes, they named "Vinland", the Land of Wine. In 1960 a Norwegian couple on a quest to find the legendary site discovered that overgrown ridges near L'Anse Aux Meadows were actually the foundations of Norse buildings from the 11th century. During excavation, hundreds of artifacts shed light into the lifestyle of these self-sufficient and resourceful Norse explorers. L'Anse Aux Meadows was the first cultural discovery in the world to receive recognition as a UNESCO world heritage site.