The Nature of Things | Season 2012-2013, Episode 5 | May 15, 2014 | 45:13

The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

An intrepid Arctic archaeologist is on the verge of proving that the first meeting between Europeans and North Americans happened centuries before Christopher Columbus. There are the tantalizing bits of evidence, like the Norse ship station in Newfoundland. But nothing has been found there or anywhere else to suggest that Arctic peoples and the Norse met face to face a thousand years ago... Until now.

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