THE STORY

The probable discovery of a second Viking site at Point Rosee in Newfoundland represents one of the most exciting discoveries from this past year in Downeast North. While some locals believe there are other sites in the area, no details have yet been revealed about this find or the other potential sites.

Wayne MacIsaac of St. Andrew's welcomed that news, as it backs up his own research in the area, as well as a story his grandfather told him, about a massive storm years ago that changed the shape of the sandbar at the mouth of the Little Codroy River. "When the people went out there after the storm, they found it had unearthed a boat — a plank-built boat," MacIsaac told CBC's On The Go, adding the wood was unlike any the locals had ever seen."And under that boat were three skeletons of tall men, and one stone arrowhead."

MacIsaac doesn't know what happened to the boat, skeletons or arrowhead, but believes they were Norse remains. CBC[1]

Point Rosee (French: Pointe Rosée) or previously known as Stormy Point is a headland near Codroy at the southwest end of the island of Newfoundland, on the Atlantic coast of Canada, where a team of archaeologists led by Sarah Parcak and Gregory Mumford have discovered what they believe to be a Norse settlement. If confirmed, it would be the second Viking settlement discovered in the Americas.

Examining infrared satellite images and high-resolution aerial photographs in 2015, Parcak found a site where dark soil discoloration and rectangular features suggested the presence of ancient buildings.

Magnetometer readings at the site showed high concentrations of iron. During a two-week exploratory dig in June 2015, trenches then uncovered turf walls, a style of construction used by Vikings, and signs of roasting bog iron to produce metal: a boulder that had been used as a hearth and cracked by heat, and residues of ash and iron. According to Douglas Bolender, an archaeologist specializing in the Vikings, only the Norse would have been smelting iron in this region. However, Birgitta Wallace, an expert on the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, is unsure of the identification as a Norse site. Carbon dating indicated the site dates to between 800 and 1300 CE. Further excavation is planned in 2016. The archaeologists think the site may have been a temporary iron-working camp, but it is possible it was a permanent Norse settlement.The site—dubbed Point Rosee by the researchers —is a remote headland above a beach on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, approximately 600 kilometres (370 mi) south of L'Anse aux Meadows, which is near the northernmost point in Newfoundland and so far is the only confirmed Norse settlement in North America. Some area residents hope the discovery will boost tourism in the Codroy Valley. Wikipedia

LOCATION & ACCESS

The map below shows the route to Codroy from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The Ferry trip to Newfoundland is long and sometimes rough. Once you arrive, the services and amenities are limited so it is wise to do your research in advance and book your lodgings.

As for examining the site, we have no information on access, but is likely the Parks Canada has closed of the area while it is doing its archaeological research. Nevertheless, it is clear that the area many offer some interesting possibilities for anyone who wishes to explore the marshes and beaches.

Accommodations, Restaurants

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RESOURCES

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[1] "Possible 3rd Norse site near Point Rosee N.L. piques archeologist's ..." 2016. 20 Aug. 2016 <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/possible-third-newfoundland-norse-site-near-point-rosee-1.3523047>

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[4] <https://www.sciencenews.org/sites/default/files/2016/04/main/blogposts/ticker_bb_vikingspointrosee.jpg>

[5] <http://themindunleashed.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/viking-settlement-point-rosee.jpg>

[6] <http://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/160404-dig1-630x477.jpg>

[7] <http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/vikings_north_american/Viking_settlement_in_North_America.jpg>

[8] <http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2016/04/Point-Rosee-Viking-Settlement-Sarah-Parcak-889x591.jpg>