Artifacts from an excavation on Baffin Island, Canada have yielded evidence that the Vikings may have had a settlement there in the 14th century. Evidence includes traces of bronze, European-style stonework and tools, Old World rat pelts, and yarn similar to that made in Greenland at the same time.
Archaeologists first suspected that there may be a settlement there when they found a series of Viking-style artifacts stored in museum archives that were found all along Canada's eastern coast. An unusual sod house excavated on the Baffin Island site in the 1960s is what made them decide to examine that spot in detail. [photo]