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Digging Into the Past: The Norse Discovery of America


Digging into the Past

The Norse Discovery of America”


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 1pm.

Icelandic sagas describe the colonization of Greenland by Erik the Red in 985 and the subsequent discovery of land further west by his second son, Norse explorer Leif Eriksson. Born in the 10th century, Eriksson is considered by many to be the first European to reach North America, centuries ahead of Christopher Columbus. However, the details of his voyage are a matter of historical debate, with one version claiming his landing accidental and another that he had sailed there intentionally after learning of the region from earlier explorers. Leif would name this land “Vinland the Good”. In the early 1960s, the discovery of the ruins of a Viking settlement in Newfoundland lent further weight to accounts of Eriksson’s voyage, and in 1964 the United States Congress authorized the president to proclaim each October 9th as Leif Eriksson Day.

Join independent researcher Gregory M. Lott as he revisits the work done by historian Frederick J. Pohl on Cape Cod and Norwegian explorer and author Helge Ingstad with his archaeologist wife Anne Stine Ingstad in Newfoundland. Their extensive efforts demonstrate how Europeans visited North America nearly 500 years prior to Columbus. 


Free with Museum Admission

For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.


  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM