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Vikings in America

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Many people believe that Columbus was the first European to arrive in North America. However, historians and archeologists have discovered evidence suggesting that Vikings landed in North America in the eleventh century, 500 years before Columbus, and established settlements along the northeastern coast of the continent. Although the exact routes of the Viking voyages are not known for certain, scholars have attempted to trace them from Scandinavia to North America by interpreting the medieval Norse sagas compiled in Iceland that describe the voyages. This episode of NOVA presents some of the researchers who are re-creating the Viking voyages and searching for archeological clues along the North American coastline.

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