Viking voyages to southern Newfoundland proved

"Provocative" new evidence shows that Vikings may have sailed south from their settlement in northern Newfoundland to Notre Dame Bay, where they may have encountered native inhabitants of the island.

The evidence, presented recently at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Honolulu, is two pieces of jasper, determined by chemical analysis to have originated in the Notre Dame Bay area of Newfoundland. The artifacts, used by the Norse to light fires, were discovered during excavations at L'Anse aux Meadows.