Kevin Smith, chief curator at Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University in Rhode Island, says the Norsemen may have had contact with the Aboriginal Peoples a thousand years ago. He presented his findings in April at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. According to Smith, recent geochemical tests of a red stone-like flint used by the Vikings found at the L'Anse aux Meadows site on Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula show the flint came from a distinct volcanic formation in Notre Dame Bay on the island's northeast coast.
The discovery suggests the Vikings may have traveled hundreds of kilometers down the island's coast and into Beothuk territory. It's a theory consistent with Norse records that portray a confrontation between the Vikings and the Aboriginal Peoples in Vinland, which is what the Norse called Newfoundland...There is evidence from the L'Anse aux Meadows site that the Vikings travelled further south than Newfoundland, possibly into what — on today's maps — are other Atlantic provinces and the United States.
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