Goodbye, Columbus: Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago

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Washington – Long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed buildings covered in sod stood on a terrace above a peat bog and stream at the northern tip of Canada's island of Newfoundland, evidence that the Vikings had reached the New World first.

But precisely when the Vikings journeyed to establish the L'Anse aux Meadows settlement had remained unclear - until now.

Scientists on Wednesday said a new type of dating technique using a long-ago solar storm as a reference point revealed that the settlement was occupied in 1021 AD, exactly a millennium ago and 471 years before the first voyage of Columbus. The technique was used on three pieces of wood cut for the settlement, all pointing to the same year.

The Viking voyage represents multiple milestones for humankind. The settlement offers the earliest-known evidence of a transatlantic crossing. It also marks the place where the globe was finally encircled by humans, who thousands of years earlier had trekked into North America over a land bridge that once connected Siberia to Alaska.

"Much kudos should go to these northern Europeans for being the first human society to traverse the Atlantic," said geoscientist Michael Dee of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who led the study published in the journal Nature.
 

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So besides having a better estimate for the time period of the Vikings, not much has changed history wise, since Columbus only "discovered" the Caribbean, South- and Central America.

Both voyages are still remarkable in their own rights.
 

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Link to podcast interviews covering the article:

Exactly 1000 years ago...
 
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And in other news: There were probably many civilisations even before the Vikings that "discovered" America.
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It took advanced technology and knowledge to complete this achievement. Furthermore most of the other advanced civs weren't in this region.
 

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Thought this was common knowledge? I mean viking settlements are being found in Canada and Columbus didn't find the US he found islands in the Caribbean.
Here is the man who did step into North American soil
 

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More then likely, the native Americans didn't get there by magic.
A lot happened even before Lief.

Popular belief/politics would have it the original American inhabitants came across the Bering Strait during an ice age. However the East coast of northern America shows another group that originated from Europe ~25,000 BC.

A 2013 study in Nature reported that DNA found in the 24,000-year-old remains of a young boy from the archaeological Mal'ta-Buret' culture suggest that up to one-third of the ancestry of Indigenous peoples may be traced back to western Eurasians, who may have "had a more north-easterly distribution 24,000 years ago than commonly thought" (with the rest tracing back to early East Asian peoples).[274] "We estimate that 15 to 30 percent of Native American ancestry may originate through gene flow from this ancient population", the authors wrote. Professor Kelly Graf said:

Those Western Eurasians (European & Middle Eastern) sure got around.

Maybe we need to put our own history to bed first and blow up expropriation.
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Yeah...and then the natives built Olmec heads with African features for the Vikings, right?

Africans been going to the Americas for thousands of years.
Although the Malians, led by King Abubakari II, made the trip in 1300, archaeologists have found a number of artefacts that indicate that Africans had set foot and lived in South America as far back as 13,000 BC to the 600 AD,
Polish professor Andrzej Wiercinski revealed the discovery of African skulls at Olmec sites in Tlatilco, Cerro de las Mesas and Monte Alban. Even more ancient African skeletons that would clearly predate Columbus’ arrival in the Americas were discovered throughout Central America and South America with some even being unearthed in what is now California.
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"I was not the first one to say there were Africans in the Caribbean before Columbus," Van Sertima said. "Columbus was the first one to say it in his journal of the second voyage." Columbus reported that the natives of Hispaniola -- today's Haiti and Dominican Republic -- told of black-skinned people from south and southeast Hispaniola who traded gold-tipped metal spears.
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next thing we find the native Americans actually got to America by Jetski.

or our entire view of History is completely wrong, and Civilizations have grown and shrunk many times before, and been completely annihilated, many times over.
were simply living on the ruins of many other civilasations far more advanced than us in present day,

I mean how much do we really know? and hasn't been planted, to make us think X actually happened.
 

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next thing we find the native Americans actually got to America by Jetski.

or our entire view of History is completely wrong, and Civilizations have grown and shrunk many times before, and been completely annihilated, many times over.
were simply living on the ruins of many other civilasations far more advanced than us in present day,

I mean how much do we really know? and hasn't been planted, to make us think X actually happened.
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