Analysis of two jasper artifacts suggest that the Vikings voyaged to Notre Dame Bay in Newfoundland, Canada about 1,000 years ago. Evidence of the voyage was uncovered by chemical analysis of the jasper artifacts, used to start fires, as well as archaeological excavation, and suggest the Vikings would have encountered a dense settlement of indigenous people. Although researchers do not know the specifics of the Viking experience of Notre Dame Bay, they presume that it may have been one of the earliest encounters of the Old World with the New World.

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