A long way from L’Anse aux Meadows, on the South coast of Newfoundland.
To date, the only confirmed Viking site in the New World is Lâ€™Anse aux Meadows, a thousand-year-old way station discovered in 1960 on the northern tip of Newfoundland. It was a temporary settlement, abandoned after just a few years, and archaeologists have spent the past half-century searching for elusive signs of other Norse expeditions.
â€œThe sagas suggest a short period of activity and a very brief and failed colonization attempt,â€ says Douglas Bolender, an archaeologist specializing in Norse settlements. â€œLâ€™Anse aux Meadows fits well with that story but is only one site. Point Rosee could reinforce that story or completely change it if the dating is different from Lâ€™Anse aux Meadows. We could end up with a much longer period of Norse activity in the New World.â€
The site of the discovery, hundreds of miles south of Lâ€™Anse aux Meadows, was located by archaeologist Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic Fellow and â€œspace archaeologistâ€ who has used satellite imagery to locate lost Egyptian cities, temples, and tombs.