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.

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

  1. That sword handle is Scani/viking design and that axe head is Dane/viking design.

  2. Lucis_Morningstar | October 12, 2016 at 11:35 am | Reply

    Just more proof Catholic Chris Columbus was the LAST explorer to “find” America, not the first. You should see what was found on Isle Royale. 😉

  3. You mean Straits of Michigan. It’s not “Straights”.

  4. The issue of Germanics going a-wiking, in old English (Anglish Germanic plattDeutsche dialect) aviking or aroving (wandering, journeying) to the shores of modern North America are not in dispute. What is in dispute is whether or not the artifacts are indeed of 1200-1400.
    As per runes, it’s still a matter of conjecture whether these were known by ordinary folk beyond charms and divination. The affluent class took readily to the Latin script because it was the more prestigious- and as monks and priests all returned to Rome- it was necessary for the ruling class to have at least court scribes fluent in Latin.
    Prior to Reformation there was no “Christianity”- it was all one Catholic Apostolic faith.
    Evangelical Protestantism, completely different to the Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, etc of Europe- is the correct term for the bizarre deformation of Catholicism into the religion of a personal Jesus cult the majority of Americans follow.

  5. This is telling us that Columbus did not discover the Americas so we will have to rename them to the name of a Norse crew member in the same way that Amerigo Vespucci lent his name to the colonies, but we have done navigators. Why not a more modest crew member such as the pig keeper Norse boats took with them. How about “The United States of Piggery ” got a ring to it I say.

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