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L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

At the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

Lieu historique national de L’Anse aux Meadows

À la pointe de la péninsule Great Northern de l'île de Terre-Neuve, les vestiges d'un établissement viking du XIe siècle confirment la première présence européenne en Amérique du Nord. Les vestiges mis au jour d'édifices en mottes de tourbe entre des charpentes de bois sont similaires à ceux trouvés au Groenland et en Islande.

موقع لانس أو ميدوز الوطني التاريخي

في رأس شبه جزيرة غريت نورثرن التابعة لجزيرة نيوفوندلاند، تدلّ الآثار المتبقية من مستوطنة للفيكينغ تعود إلى القرن الحادي عشر على أولّ وجود بشري أوروبي في أميركا الشمالية. وتشبه آثار هذه الأبنية المشيّدة من وحل التربة والمحفورة بين هياكل خشبية تلك المكتشفة في الغرونلاند وإيسلندا.

source: UNESCO/ERI

拉安斯欧克斯梅多国家历史遗址

在纽芬兰岛北部半岛的一角,有11世纪维京人(Viking)的聚落遗址,这是欧洲人踏足北美大陆的最早证据。遗址出土的木结构泥草房屋遗迹同在格陵兰岛和冰岛发现的十分类似。

source: UNESCO/ERI

Национальный исторический парк Л’Анс-о-Медоус

Остатки поселения викингов XI в. на оконечности Большого Северного полуострова острова Ньюфаундленд являются свидетельством первого появления европейцев в Северной Америке. Раскопанные остатки зданий из торфа с деревянным каркасом похожи на аналогичные, найденные в Северной Гренландии и в Исландии.

source: UNESCO/ERI

Sitio histórico nacional de l“™Anse aux Meadows

Situado en el extremo de la Gran Pení­nsula del Norte de la isla de Terranova, este parque alberga los vestigios de un asentamiento vikingo del siglo XI, que prueban una primera presencia de los europeos en el continente americano desde esa época. Las excavaciones han puesto al descubierto vestigios de edificios construidos con terrones de turba y armazones de madera, aní¡logos a los encontrados en Groenlandia e Islandia.

source: UNESCO/ERI

ランス・オ・メドー国定史跡

source: NFUAJ

Nationaal historisch gebied L’Anse aux Meadows

L’Anse aux Meadows is een 11e-eeuwse Vikingnederzetting op het noordelijkste puntje van Newfoundland. Het is het bewijs van de eerste Europese menselijke aanwezigheid in Noord-Amerika. De opgegraven resten van met hout omlijste veenturfgebouwen zijn vergelijkbaar met de gebouwen die gevonden zijn bij de Noorse kolonie van Groenland en IJsland. Het vroegste teken van menselijke activiteit in dit gebied gaat ruwweg 5.000 jaar terug. L'Anse aux Meadows is de eerste en enige bekende nederzetting opgericht door Vikingen in Noord-Amerika en het vroegste bewijs van Europese nederzetting in de Nieuwe Wereld. Om deze reden is het een unieke mijlpaal in de geschiedenis van menselijke migratie en ontdekking.

Source: unesco.nl

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L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site © Dick Houghtton
Statement of Significance

This archaeological site at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland contains the excavated remains of an 11th century Viking settlement consisting of timber-framed turf buildings (houses, workshops, etc.) that are identical with those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland at the same period. The site is thus unique evidence of the earliest known European presence on the American continent.

Criterion (vi): L’Anse aux Meadows is the first and only known site established by Vikings in North America and the earliest evidence of European settlement in the New World. As such, it is a unique milestone in the history of human migration and discovery.

Long Description

At the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

Recognized in 1960, excavated from 1961 to 1968 and then from 1973 to 1976, and protected by Parks Canada since1977, the Epaves Bay archaeological site, which is located near Anse aux Meadows, at the northern extremity of Newfoundland is of great importance in the history of the settlement of Rwarica. The earliest sign of human activity go back roughly 5,000 years and among the prehistoric and protohistoric populations which succeeded one another is a well-defined branch of Eskirms (Dorset Eskimos) which has been shown to have existed from about AD 400-700. A temporary settlement for fishermen, this coastal site, which is located on a coastline covered by peat bogs, would appear to have been abandoned for roughly a century. During the 9th century it was re-established by an archaic native population similar to that from which, during the historic era, the Beothuk 'Indians' descended.

Until about 1500, this population maintained a quasi-permanent settlement, many traces of which have been found in the bay and surrounding area. This occupation, whether seasonal or continuous, was not the only presence in the area. The exceptional significance of l'Anse aux Meadows arises precisely from a temporary Viking settlement comprising eight houses, one forge and four workshops. The excavations provided detailed information on the settlement, implements and lifestyle of the occupants. The large houses (the most spacious of which measured respectively 24 m by 4.5 m and 19 m by 14 m) are characterized by the building techniques used, which are similar to those in use in Norway during the same period: a structure covered with turf taken from the peat bog; a type of especially pointed roof; thick peat partitions on the sod floors; layout of the rooms, fireplaces and openings. The objects found include a number which fall clearly within the categories of Viking artefacts such as a stone oil lamp, a balance, a birch bark case for a ballast stone, etc.

Near the forge, the low-shaft furnace (which is partially conserved) a deposit of slag was found. The fifty-odd forged iron objects (nails, rivets, buckles, etc.) that were found both in the dwellings and workshops comply with the normal typology of late Viking settlements along the Norwegian coastline.

The excavation of L'Anse aux Meadows was conducted on a vulnerable site and followed by extensive laboratory study. It was possible, thanks to a palaeo-ecological study making use of seed and pollen fossils, to reconstruct the long-term landscape and surroundings of this human settlement. In spite of the astonishing appearances of its archaeological vestiges, L'Anse aux Meadows is an outstanding property of human heritage. It is a precious and, until now, unique milestone in the history of human migration and the discovery of the universe: it is the oldest settlement of European origin in America.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC