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The Vinland Mystery ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520698
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  William Pettigrew, Barrie Howells
Directors:  William Pettigrew
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Archaeology, Canadian History, Civics, Documentary, History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1984
Running Time:  28:59


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For more than two centuries, scholars have speculated about the existence and location of the mysterious "Vinland the Good," mentioned in manuscripts of Icelandic sagas. Vinland, "the place where the wild grapes grow," was thought to be on the eastern coast of North America somewhere between Virginia and Newfoundland. In 1960 a curious group of house mounds was uncovered at l'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland by Drs. Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad of Norway. This documentary, intercut with material from the illuminated manuscripts, ancient maps and archival footage shot by the Ingstads, is the story of the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America. Named to the United Nations World Heritage List, l'Anse aux Meadows is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.


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