This Week In History News, Oct. 17

Mysterious shipwreck found on a Latvian beach, date of Vikings’ arrival in the Americas uncovered, oldest-known depiction of a ghost found on an ancient tablet. 200-Year-Old Shipwreck Uncovered Just Beneath The Sand On A Beach In Latvia Rīgas Brīvosta/FacebookJust after archaeologists began digging, it became clear that a vessel measuring in at a whopping 40 … Read more

Scientists Confirm Vikings Lived In North America 1,000 Years Ago

Wooden artifacts from the Norse settlement L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland show that the Vikings were living in the Americas by at least the year 1021. Dylan Industries/FlickrRecreated Norse buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. For years, scholars have only been able to guess when the Vikings first stepped foot in the Americas. But … Read more

Vinland Map Of The Americas Found To Be A Forgery

The Vinland Map, formerly dated to the 15th century, was believed to be the oldest European depiction of the Americas. Wikimedia CommonsThe Vinland Map was formerly thought to have been created in 1440 A.D. The Vinland Map has mesmerized historians for over half a century. It was thought to be one of the oldest maps … Read more