Text: Bruce Bower. Science News.”Vikings lived in North America by at least the year 1021.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/vikings-north-america-date-newfoundland

Extract: “Vikings inhabited North America exactly 1,000 years ago, a new study finds.

Counting tree rings reveals that wooden objects previously found at an archaeological site on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula were made from trees felled in the year 1021. That’s the oldest precise date for Europeans in the Americas and the only one from before Christopher Columbus’ voyages in 1492, geoscientists Margot Kuitems and Michael Dee and colleagues report October 20 in Nature.”

Questions related to November 2022 prescribed title #3 and this specific example:

  • To what extent are the dates of the settlement “questions that can’t be answered” because of a lack of evidence?
  • To what extent are the dates of the settlement given in the article “answers that can’t be questioned” because of a lack of additional evidence given the passage of time?