Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga by William F. Fitzhugh

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

EditorWilliam F. Fitzhugh, Elisabeth Ward

Paperback | April 17, 2000

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Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World. They show that Norse contacts with Native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America.

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WILLIAM W. FITZHUGH is the director of the Arctic Studies Center and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. ELISABETH WARD is a curatorial specialist of the Vikings exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
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Title:Vikings: The North Atlantic SagaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 11 × 8.52 × 1.02 inPublished:April 17, 2000Publisher:SmithsonianLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1560989955

ISBN - 13:9781560989950

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More than a thousand years ago the Vikings set off from Scandinavia to seek out other more prosperous lands. Their travels took them to such distant places as Turkey, Iceland, Northeaster United States and Newfoundland. In Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga editors Elizabeth I. Ward and William W. Fitzhugh have gathered more than 30 scholars to scrutinize the increasing archaeological evidence of the Viking presence in the New World. With the discoveries of such items as runic stones from the Canadian Arctic, Norse coins excavated in Maine and farming implements found in Newfoundland, the evidence is irrefutable. The contributors contemplate the sometimes friendly, sometimes warlike history of Viking communication with the native peoples of northeastern North America. The text compares the archaeological record with contemporary sagas and other records of exploration and further argue for the need to document more accurately the Viking contribution to New World history.

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“This stimulating work gives the Vikings the place they deserve in the history of the world and will repay both extensive study and casual browsing.”—Publishers Weekly