Did the Norse/Vikings really travel this far south? Perhaps your class can solve this mystery!!!
As you can see in this presentation, the Maine Norse Penny has been recognized as authentic. In fact the Maine State Museum makes the following statement: “Minted in Norway between A.D. 1065 and 1080, this small silver coin was excavated at the Goddard site, a large prehistoric Indian trade village in Penobscot Bay, Maine. It is thought to be evidence of an extensive northern native trade network rather than direct contact between Vikings and late prehistoric Indians.” Photo Maine State Museum.
But wait!!! Take a look at the map that illustrated the Norse/Viking travels. They settled in Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to believe that they didn’t travel down the Atlantic coast of North America. It’s clear more research is needed. What do you think?