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.

16 Comments on "USA: Viking Artefacts Discovered Near Great Lakes"

  1. It is also possible that the goods, while Viking in origin, were brought to the Great Lakes location through subsequent trading with indigenous groups who exchanged goods between the East Coast (and the verified Viking settlement) and other tribes farther west, changing hands several times (over many years, if not generations).

  2. StartPartly | May 28, 2014 at 4:31 am | Reply

    Calling BS on this. Nothing outside the echo chamber to corroborate, and the first to pick it up was the ever-credible, outstanding and honorable guys over at Stormfront. Yeah, the Nazis. I smell just a bit of beef butt byproduct.

  3. Erik Rurikson | May 28, 2014 at 1:15 am | Reply

    The photo with this article does not match the description of the artifacts in the article. However, IF these are legit Nordic artifacts it would be a major coup for those, such as I, who have always contended that the Northmen would have continued exploring and sought out the Great Lakes for its many natural resources, especially the copper of Lake Superior.
    I doubt very much that ANYONE in the Anthropology department at UofM has ANY expertice in identifying Viking Age artifacts. Thus, if this story is not totally quashed into obscurity, i expect there to be a pronouncement by the folks at UofM that the objects are not Norse, but from the colonial era, say circa 1600AD and then they will be “lost” in a mislabeled bin in the basement.
    I want PHOTOS of the objects published where the public can see them and actual experts can give their opinion.
    I have degrees in history and anthropology and specialized in handling metal artifacts at an archaeology lad (as a student). My master’s thesis was on the archaeological and literary evidence of Northmen among the Mediaval Slavs. So, I would especially like to be put in touch with anyone involbved in this discovery.
    [email protected]

    • William Conner | May 28, 2014 at 2:24 am |

      Give em hell, Erik! Ms. Sutherland of Canada found more evidence of precolumbian Old World contact and was fired for finding the wrong stuff!

    • Michael Z. Williamson | May 28, 2014 at 4:31 am |

      William: No doubt why he’s publishing on a site that proclaims “Man builds space shuttle using 3D printer.”


    • Well, some of the artifacts on the picture are unmistakably of “viking origin”. Look at the sword for instance. Viking settlement has long ago been proven, see L’Ance aux Meadows.

    • Well, I am from the Cheboygan, Michigan area. I know of this great find of late. Most digs in that area are for the Colonial French and English settlements, or the Native American settlements.
      As for claims that the Norse or Danes were here “first” (Europeans), there is also recent debate on the Irish being here around 450 – 500 AD. That is what they all are – claims. Until someone can show definitive proof, it is all speculation, and all up for debate.

  4. Svanur Thorkelsson | May 27, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Reply

    After Leifur Eiríksson found out from Bjarni Herjólfsson about the land we now call America, he sailed over there and tried to settle it. Several expedition were undertaken by his family members and others after that. They all failed to colonize the continent. However some of the natives were brought back to Iceland and today 500 Icelanders now alive have been identified having native north-american genes, dating back before the year 1200. – Also there is definitely connection between the game the Micmac Indians of Nova Scotia played on ice, and modern ice hockey was developed from, and the game the vikings played, called Ískanttleikur. The rules were almost identical. – Another thing, Columbus never reached the continent of North-America.

    • La crosse as it is now called, was a game played by the native american waaaay before the vikings even came here, and it wasn’t played on ice, it was played on any type of surface any time of the year.

    • Just saying also, the game spread out to other native americans tribe, but it originated from the Algonquian.

  5. We must not forget the Kennewick Man from 11,000 years ago who was of european decent and the remains were turned over to native Americans whose sole intent is to remain the original inhabitants in North America for the benefits they receive from the US Government.

    • Jerry Estopinal | May 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm |

      Yes, why is there a conspiracy to hide Kennewick man? Is it because he is a caucasoid?

    • A recent analysis of mitochondrial DNA from another “palaeoamerican” with supposedly Caucasoid features showed affinities to modern Native Americans and Siberians, not Europeans. Kennewick Man is probably as Caucasoid as Ainu people — i.e., not at all.

    • Kennewick Man is at the University of Washington Burke Museum. However, access is very limited. If I remember correctly, some bones went missing.

    • Aunt Sally | May 30, 2014 at 12:19 am |

      You would think since they are ” sovereign” they would not be allowed to accept American Tax dollar benefits. They should live on their own “sovereign monies” but no….that would not be possible when there is free white money laying around.

    • The remains weren’t turned over to the Native Americans. Read the news. I guess, “read the archives” since it happened so long ago. The Natives felt it was an ancestor, since it was their territory they’d been on for ages. If someone digs up your family graveyard looking for stuff, of course you’re going to question if what they find is related to you or not. As others have said: The University of New Mexico deemed the remains resembled Polynesians or the Ainu, AND they are in the Burke Museum at this moment. Ease up on the tinfoil hat, because it’s not working.

      Meanwhile, all the things in this world, both good and bad, and Aunt Sally picks Native Americans as something to be angry about. Nice priority, Sally. I’m sure you feel Manhattan was a ripoff on our end, and the Trail of Tears got that name from the unbridled joy of forced marches.

      You guys are choice catches. I’m sure this has nothing to do with being anonymous (you’re on the internet, after all- what name you post by isn’t enough) and more with spouting garbage at every opportunity.

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