Discovery of Ancient Site Could Change American History

From Science Alert:  VIKINGS
The discovery of a mysterious, ancient site could rewrite the history of Vikings in America

They were here before Columbus.

JOSH HRALA
1 APR 2016

But since the discovery of the first settlement, nothing else has been found. Until now, that is, because archaeologists might have found a second settlement. And this time, they used satellites.

When analysing this data, Parcak marked numerous ‘hot spots’ – areas that may have had human settlements. However, one spot stood out among the rest because it was a severely ‘dark stain’ of vegetation that appeared man-made.

Excited by this prospect, Parcak and her team set out to study the site, which they’ve dubbed Point Rosee.

Using a magnetometer, which measures anaomalies in the magnetic field of a certain area, the team found that the region contained high levels of iron and signs of metallurgy that Vikings were known for.

Also, objects pulled from the site were dated to the Norse era using radiocarbon techniques, Blumenthal reports. Though it’s still mysterious, the team also thinks there could be a structure buried beneath the site, which will get excavated later this year.

Needless to say, there’s a treasure trove of questions for the researchers to answer, and a lot of work ahead of them.

Parcak’s work was documented by PBS for an episode of their science series NOVA, which will air on 4 April 2016. You can check out the trailer here.

Hopefully, when excavation starts, the team will find a bunch of ancient relics that will inform us further on the everyday lives of Vikings – one of the most discussed and popular groups in all of history.