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.

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

  1. As ye guys noo aye ….. the native Americans are fro’ Asia and killed the real habs in this country…..tae gae a Viking is right an’ fro’ north O’Germany up tae Finland uir ancestries went o’Viking far even tae China. Naet tae forget ‘at the Norge had been the last one who celebrated uir old Gods( what we still do at haeme) and tae find Gaelic relicts in between….o’coorse had been all o’us under Gaelic influence.

  2. Narragansett runestone has runes of Icelandic origin aswell as the Icelandic word Skraumilgr an ancient word meaning Srauma river in west Iceland. Place of known traders departure and trade place to the west.

  3. Icelandic traders roamed north America for hundred of years. They continued from Leif and Karlsefnis time. They roamed the North Artic where the trade was done with food and walrus rope used for rigging on large ship´s. After the hemp rope came in to the market thee was not much business up north so what do people do, go south. Sutherland has pointed this out both on Baffin and Labrador. There is a line of cairns leading up from Green bay on Lake Michigan towards lake Huron where this site with those artifact’s are believed to be. The photo is probably from some museum some say British. Our history books tell of Merchants going to North America before Erik the red and Leif his son and just think being a trader not Viking you would not bypass trade goods sellable in Europe. We happen to have list of trade goods coming through Iceland and on to Norway. There are all kind of information in our literature that has not be seen by foreign scholars but still they fight our existence in NA.I wonder why. Did they kill us of like natives. British hated Icelander as they thought them to be Viking. They were not and trade goods was not bought from so called Vikings in Iceland meaning stolen goods.

  4. LOl desperate for some recognition of the Viking culture of invasion and murder, pillage and plunder in the US? Maybe that is the explanation for the way Americans behave now. Nothing to be proud of really.

    • Despite this comment clearly being foolish nationalism-trolling, I have to point out: you’re an idiot.

      The nordic culture of the time revolved primarily around farming and herding (like everyone else in Europe) with the notable addition of a vast trade network (which was pretty unique). Raiding was relatively rare, and moreover, was common among most cultures of the time- to include the native Americans, for whom (many tribes, at least), honor-based warfare and hostage-taking were considered viable industries.

      Take your blind nationalism elsewhere, churl.

  5. Louis Shalako | May 29, 2014 at 2:34 am | Reply

    Boy, wouldn’t it be weird if Le Griffon had been found, and these were 17th century artifacts.

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