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The arrival of the Vikings in the United States 1000 years ago was proven by discoveries

V.Exactly a thousand years ago, in 1021, the Vikings apparently lived in North America. It is based on a detailed analysis of the tree remains currently presented by an international team of researchers in the current issue of Nature. These finds are the earliest evidence of people coming to the United States from Europe. When determining the age of the pieces of wood, researchers working with Michael Dee of the University of Croningen relied on traces of a violent solar storm that occurred a few years ago.

It has been known for some time that Columbus was not the first European to reach the American continent. Finally, at least, the Sagas, the old Norse tales of the Middle Ages, describe in detail how the Vikings made long voyages across the Atlantic hundreds of years ago. But these stories, initially sent orally, have long been dismissed as myths and fairy tales – because they have so many contradictory and wonderful elements.

Traces of metal knives

Icelandic mythology became historical evidence until the discovery of the L’Anse aux Meadows archeological site in the northern tip of Newfoundland in 1961. The exact age of immigration and the exact time of the Vikings’ arrival on the American continent have not yet been determined.

Three obscure pieces of wood from different trees found in the L’Ans Oaks meadow have now been dated more accurately by researchers. Scientists are convinced that wooden artifacts can be assigned to the Northern European navy – not only because of the location they discovered, but also because they clearly showed signs of processing from metal knives – a material time not created by local people.

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Viking Witnesses in the United States

Radiocarbon dating helped scientists answer the question of when the pieces of wood in question were processed, which was carried out at the University of Groningen and the Kurt Engelhorn Archaeological Center in Mannheim. A cosmic phenomenon from 992 AD. At that time there was a great solar storm, which in the following years produced a clear radiocarbon signal in the wood rings.