Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
February 9, 2023 @ 6:00 pm EST
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Tampa Bay
Lecturer: William Fitzhugh
This lecture traces the history and archaeology of the Vikings from their origins in the 7thcentury, their rise to power and raids in Europe, and their expansion across the North Atlantic to Iceland, Greenland, and eventually to mainland North America at the L’Anse aux Meadows site in northern Newfoundland. A special feature of the lecture is Viking contacts with Native American Indians and Inuit as seen in archaeological finds in recent years. The story includes illustrations from the Smithsonian’s ‘block-buster’ exhibition honoring the 1000th anniversary of Leif Erikson’s discovery of North America and its catalog publication with the same title as this lecture.