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Celebrating Viking heritage at L’Anse Aux Meadows

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When Paul Compton had an idea to build a replica Viking ship and launch a touring operation at Newfoundland's historic L'Anse Aux Meadows, people thought he was crazy. But with the province's cod fishery on the decline, the 21-year-old knew he had to create a niche for himself. After four years of hard work and frustration, Compton's dream has come true. In this 1995 report from CBC-TV's On The Road Again, Compton takes tourists on a voyage on the waters around the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, where Norsemen settled in sod houses in the 11th century.

Medium: Television
Program: On the Road Again
Broadcast Date: Nov. 3, 1995
Guest: Paul Compton
Host: Wayne Rostad
Duration: 6:29
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Did You know?


• According to the Parks Canada website, indigenous peoples first inhabited L'Anse Aux Meadows around 6,000 years ago. It became a Norse settlement around 1,000 A.D. The area was excavated by Anne Stine Ingstad from 1961 to '68 and by Parks Canada from 1973 to '76. The Parks Canada excavation uncovered three separate layers, one from Norse occupation. The site served as winter living quarters and included three complexes, each with a dwelling and a workshop for specialized craftsmen.

• In 1977, it was designated a National Historic Site by the government of Canada. A year later, it was named a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site in recognition of its importance as a major archaeological property.

 


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