Red Ice News

The Future is the Past

Scientists Find Evidence of Viking Presence in Arctic Canada
New to Red Ice? Start Here!

Scientists Find Evidence of Viking Presence in Arctic Canada

Source: sci-news.com


A small stone artifact recovered from a Paleo-Eskimo site on Baffin Island is important evidence of a Viking presence in Arctic Canada around 1000 CE, says a team of scientists led by Dr Patricia Sutherland of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

The ancient site, called Nanook, was first discovered in the 1960s by Dr Moreau Maxwell of Michigan State University.



Three views of the crucible from Nanook site, Baffin Island, Canada. Image credit: Patricia D. Sutherland et al.


Dr Maxwell identified it as a Dorset Paleo-Eskimo site although he noted anomalies in the architectural remains, and obtained a series of radiocarbon dates ranging from 754 BC to 1367 CE.

Among the artifacts recovered by the archaeologist in association with the unusual architectural remains was a small stone vessel.

Dr Sutherland and her colleagues from the Geological Survey of Canada-Ottawa and Peter H. Thompson Geological Consulting Ltd have now discovered that the interior of the vessel contains fragments of bronze as well as small spherules of glass.

The object, according to the scientists, is a crucible for melting bronze, likely in order to cast it into small tools or ornaments. Indigenous peoples of northern North America did not practice high-temperature metalworking.

“The object is 48 mm tall and has a straight sloping base meeting the slightly convex lateral wall at an angle of approximately 140 degrees. The base of the complete object may have been keel-shaped,” Dr Sutherland and her co-authors described the find in a paper published in the journal Geoarchaeology.

“The artifact appears to have been roughly circular in plan, with diameter expanding from >35 mm at the base to >48 mm at the rim. The base is 15 mm thick, with the walls tapering to a thickness of 6 mm at the rim. The exterior is smoothly finished, but portions of the interior are scarred by scratching or scraping.”

“An irregular break cuts across roughly the center of the vessel, indicating that approximately half is missing.”



Map showing location of the Nanook site, Baffin Island, Canada.


According to the team, small ceramic crucibles were employed in nonferrous metalworking throughout the Viking world.

“We are aware of only one stone crucible, which was recovered from a Viking Age context in Rogaland, Norway.”

“Small crucibles with circular plan and either flat or conical bases have been recovered from Early Mediaeval sites in the British Isles including one stone specimen from Garranes in Ireland.”

“The presence of bronze traces in the crucible from Baffin Island is notable, as brass (copper–zinc alloy) is more characteristic of finds from Scandinavia.”

Dr Sutherland said: “the crucible adds an intriguing new element to this emerging chapter in the early history of northern Canada.”

“It may be the earliest evidence of high-temperature nonferrous metalworking in North America to the north of what is now Mexico.”

Source: sci-news.com





Tune into Red Ice Radio:

Martin Biddle - The Vikings at Repton & Ivar the Boneless

Robert Ferguson - The Hammer and the Cross: Vikings and Christianity

Stephen A. McNallen - Asatro, Runes, Vikings & Norse Mythology

Robert G. Johnson & Janey Westin - The Last Kings of Norse America

Scott Wolter - The Kensington Runestone, The Hooked X & Templars In America

Maria Kvilhaug - Old Norse Mythology and Legend & Viking Vengeance

Richard J. Dewhurst - The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America

Ingunn Sigursdatter - Norway: Happiest Country on Earth Myth & Awakening the Norsemen

Daniel Updike - Asatru in the 21st Century

John de Nugent - The Solutreans: The First Ancient Settlers in North America

Dan Rayner - Asatru Mindset & Reinvigorating the European Spirit

Comments

We're Hiring

We are looking for a professional video editor, animator and graphics expert that can join us full time to work on our video productions.

Apply

Help Out

Sign up for a membership to support Red Ice. If you want to help advance our efforts further, please:

Donate

Tips

Send us a news tip or a
Guest suggestion

Send Tip

Related News

Israeli Police Find 'Sufficient Evidence' to Indict Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Police Find 'Sufficient Evidence' to Indict Benjamin Netanyahu
4chan Users Find Evidence Atlanta Airport Blackout Was Part of Intentional Cover-Up
4chan Users Find Evidence Atlanta Airport Blackout Was Part of Intentional Cover-Up

Archives Pick

Red Ice T-Shirts

Red Ice Radio

3Fourteen

Flemish Nationalist Youth Meet Viktor Orban
Dries Van Langenhove - Flemish Nationalist Youth Meet Viktor Orban
How Should White People Respond to Anti-White Attacks?
Jesse Lee Peterson - How Should White People Respond to Anti-White Attacks?

TV

Muslim Caught Running School Shooter Training Camp - Seeking Insight
Muslim Caught Running School Shooter Training Camp - Seeking Insight
Flemish Nationalist Youth Meet Viktor Orban
Dries Van Langenhove - Flemish Nationalist Youth Meet Viktor Orban

RSSYoutubeGoogle+iTunesSoundCloudStitcherTuneIn

Design by Henrik Palmgren © Red Ice Privacy Policy