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USA: Viking Artefacts Discovered Near Great Lakes

May 26th, 2014 | by Barbara Johnson
USA: Viking Artefacts Discovered Near Great Lakes

Michigan| A group of amateur archaeologists searching for the remains of a native american settlements near the town of Cheboygan, on the coast of Lake Huron, have uncovered a large quantity of artefacts, allegedly of Norse or Viking origin. A total of 194 objects, mostly made from various metals including silver, iron, copper and tin, were found on what could be the site of an ancient viking trade post, controlling the Straights of Mackinac, that leads to Lake Michigan.

The artefacts are of various nature and geographical origin. Swords, axes and other weapons from Scandinavian or Germanic origin, silver buttons and a balance scale allegedly from the British isles, hair combs and knife handles made of walrus ivory and originating from Greenland or Iceland… The presence of all these goods suggests an elaborate and efficient economic system based on long-distance trade.

Archaeologists had been searching the eastern coast of North America for signs of the passage of Norsemen, ever since the discovery in 1960 of the site of l’Anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada. Many items found on that first site had suggested that an elaborate network of trade existed between that specific Norse colony and the American continent. Such clues included the remains of butternuts, which didn’t grow on any land north of the province of New Brunswick, and therefore had to be “imported”. Other possible Norse outposts were identified in 2012, in Nanook, in the Tanfield Valley on Baffin Island, as well as in Nunguvik, on the Willows Island and the Avayalik Islands.

This is however the first Viking settlement discovered in the area of the North American Great Lakes, and this could bring a lot of new information concerning the actual extent of their trade network on the continent. The site is strategically located to enable control of the waterways leading to both Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, while enabling a navigable access to the St-Lawrence Bassin and the Atlantic Ocean. All of the items already already recovered have been transfered for further analysis to the Department of Archaeology of the University of Michigan, which has also inherited the responsability for the site. Further research should be done over the next months to complete the survey of the site and gather all possible remaining artefacts.


  1. Double concerned says:

    I just hope these items don’t disappear in the great black hole of “official custody“ like everything else does

    • Paracelsus says:

      LOL! There’s *always* a conspiracy involved.

    • Jon McLean says:

      “…being examined by Top men.”


      “TOP men!”

    • Debra says:

      Yeah, like the giant, 9 to 12 feet long skeletons that were unearthed on a farm, in Michigan. The Smithsonian was called, took them for further study and that was the end of them. The official word is, they’re missing.

    • Myron Paine says:

      Yes, the suppression of Norse in America started 650 years ago and continues today with the dismissal of Patricia Sutherland in November 2o12. See PARADIGM SHIFT: SUPPRESSION.

      The official word on this find may be that the Kikkapoh (Old Norse for I saw the whale spout) Indians used the English artifacts for balast in their canoes.

    • Myron Paine says:

      Yes, the suppression of Norse in America started 650 years ago and continues today with the dismissal of Patricia Sutherland in November 2o12. See PARADIGM SHIFT: SUPPRESSION.

      The official word on this find may be that the Kikkapoh (Old Norse for I saw the whale spout) Indians used the English artifacts for balast in their canoes.

      PARACELSUS. What is the going pay rate for suppressors these days?

    • Thomas Donsbach says:

      Who is Columbus?

    • nubwaxer says:

      STFU with your ridiculous conspiracy theory. ever been to a museum? they are all over the world and display these type items. that’s what a museum is for. beside they are private property belonging to the people who found them. they have every right to keep them away from wackos like you.

    • Maryrose Scott says:

      Amen to that!!! Double concerned!!!

    • Shayna. says:

      That is the problem with just about anything that may be of interest or importance to others.

  2. Alesund says:

    They’ve found quite a few places with Viking/Norse artifacts in the United States. They traveled all over the US. It’s fascinating to see how little we really do know historically. It’s an expanding field that is very non linear. Every year we find out something new, and it expands on what we knew. Very cool :)

    • Ebbi says:

      We called it Vínland (Wineland)

    • Knut says:

      Ebbi, “Vin Land” means Meadow Land in english

    • Brynja says:

      Knut – Ebbi is right, in Icelandic it means Wineland and according to the Sagas, it´s the right meaning!

    • jdm says:

      there is much we dont know about ancient america , not only is this been surpressed in history , but also the star people they have depicted on the walls , i believe there was once a thriving civilization , and in some cases far more tech then our modern one !

    • Terri says:

      “vineland” at the time it was names didn’t mean “wine” or “vine”.

    • Bjorn says:

      “Vinland” meant “plain land” in the old Norse language.

    • Ulf says:

      Not sure where all the various opinions come from, but “Vinland” means literally “Wineland” in Old Norse. “Grape” was called “vinber”. “vind” and “vinr” were also the base sounds for many other words – “vind” meaning “wind” or “air” and “vinr” meaning “friend”. Opposites usually had a vowel in front so “enemy” was “óvinr”. “Vinr” and “vin” were pronounced differently as “inr” was more towards an e[ä]and “in” was more towards “ee”[i]hence the modern spelling of wine in for example Swedish “vin” and “vän” being “friend”.

    • Sten says:

      Vinland could mean either land of vines or grassy land. It is interesting that Leif Eriksson also named today’s Labrador (Markland) and Baffin Island (Helluland). Mark means ground or land and hellu means (sloping) rocks.

  3. Melodie Kaye says:

    They have found artifacts from the Viking and Celtic cultures deep into this continent. Not surprising since we have multi-tribes here from Asia and Europe. I’m curious what modern man would find to do with his\her time, if we weren’t using most of it for technological entertainment.

  4. Paula says:

    Well wonder if they will have to re-write history on who discovered America now. lol

    • Anne says:

      Why? The Native Americans formerly called indians discovered it first. Maaany thousand years before the Viking Age. No re-writing, just a little adding – if the article wasnt a joke. Take a look at some of the other articles on this site, they’re all a bit far out…

    • Thorleif says:

      We Vikings were the first Europeans to set foot ashore the North American continent and thus we are the first Europeans to discover America!
      Columbus re-discovered it, since the Christian murderers destroyed nearly every kind of record of our voyages!

    • Magnus says:

      Thorleif, “we vikings”, no. None of us are vikings, saying you are because you are scandinavian or of norse ancestry, does not make you a viking(I am a norwegian). Most of our ancestors were not vikings either, viking was a profession, going viking was a act.

      To me it seems most know about Leif Eriksson by now, dont exactly something that has been hidden or “buried”.

    • paul says:

      I’m an OLD American and we were taught in grade school about Leif Eriksson. It’s pretty common knowledge here. The only thing I can’t figure out is why we still celebrate Columbus Day…

    • franco says:

      No, actually it was the Chinese.

    • Deonne says:

      Thorleif, if you really knew anything about the ancestry you claim, the first part would be that “Viking” is not a noun, it is a verb. You cannot be “a Viking”, you can only go “a Viking.”

    • wordwyzard says:

      The American mainland was originally settled by antedeluvian people before the great deluge. They were a highly developed culture however most of the evidence has vanished long before the appearance of any other interlopers.

    • Brynja says:

      Actually Deonne, in Icelandic we have the noun víkingur which is a man that goes viking, but I don´t think we have any Icelandic Vikings today :-)

    • deb says:

      Maybe they will have to change Columbus day to Leif Erickson day.

    • JimB says:

      I have often wondered if the English word “fighting” is related to viking as in “go a viking” or as I wonder “go a fighting”.

    • DCM says:

      FORMERLY called Indians? I call them Indians right now. That’s the correct name.

    • Peter Brülls says:

      @paul You have an official Columbus Day because US catholics wanted to have a holiday about a catholic “hero”.

    • Motstraumen says:

      We have a whole team of Vikings in Minnesota..and many Northern Highschool have too…Even some It is interesting to see how we tend to go after each other over trivial stuff. If someone wants to call themselves a viking let them…I will instead call my self an Iowegian and Nordfjording.not the horse btw.

    • Aunt Sally says:

      The Native American DNA came back as being Euro Asian. Which means the chinese and europeans were the first on US soil. The whole indian thing is just propaganda

    • Mike says:

      Vik-ing. “Bay inhabitant.” It is a noun.

    • John says:

      Actually those natives we refer to as “Indians” were the ones that stayed behind along the journey to South America when the Maya and Inca traveled from the great lakes region west across the rockies then southward through Mexico and into South America where they eventually settled and developed trade routes on land AND ocean via the gulf of mexico…check out Track Rock GA and then think about places named “Maiami”…

    • John says:

      Sorry, *”Miami”.

    • John says:

      Scott Wolter presents a fair amount of evidence to most of this in his program titled “America Unearthed”.

  5. William Smith says:

    The first man that went across to the west was Called Naddoddur and he was from the Faroe Islands, then Leif Erikson became the first Viking to explore the land of Vinland.

    • Jørn says:

      Well, the inhabitants of he Farou island were norwegian settlers. This man never went ashore, but he was probably the first european to see the continent. Leiv Ericson sat foot and started the colony. I have never heard about gealic artifacts found, except those which perhaps the vikings brought with them. …… and what is this about “viking” not being a noun?

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