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The Vinland Mystery

The Vinland Mystery

| 28 min

This short documentary depicts the search, discovery and authentication of the only known Norse settlement in North America - Vinland the Good. Mentioned in Icelandic manuscripts and speculated about for over two centuries, Vinland is known as "the place where the wild grapes grow" and was thought to be on the eastern coast between Virginia and Newfoundland. In 1960 a curious group of house mounds was uncovered at l'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland by Drs. Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad of Norway. Added to the United Nations World Heritage List, l'Anse aux Meadows is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

  • director
    William Pettigrew
  • editor
    William Pettigrew
  • cinematographer
    Don Virgo
  • camera assistant
    Simon Leblanc
  • location sound
    Bev Davidson
  • commentary
    Kenneth McCready
  • narrator
    Jon Granik
  • music score
    André Vincelli
  • music recording
    Louis Hone
  • sound editing
    John Knight
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • studio administrator
    Bob Spence
  • producer
    William Pettigrew
  • executive producer
    Barrie Howells


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Ages 10 to 16

History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)
History and Citizenship Education - First Occupants (to 1500)
History and Citizenship Education - Population and Settlement (1608-present)

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