Publisher description for The far traveler : voyages of a Viking woman / Nancy Marie Brown.


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Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman named Gudrid sailed off the edge of the known world. She landed in the New World and lived there for three years, giving birth to a baby before sailing home. Or so the Icelandic sagas say. Even after archaeologists found a Viking longhouse in Newfoundland, no one believed that the details of Gudrid’s story were true. Then, in 2001, a team of scientists discovered what may have been this pioneering woman’s last house, buried under a hay field in Iceland, just where the sagas suggested it could be. Joining scientists experimenting with cutting-edge technology and the latest archaeological techniques, and tracing Gudrid’s steps on land and in the sagas, Nancy Marie Brown reconstructs a life that spanned—and expanded—the bounds of the then-known world. She also sheds new light on the society that gave rise to a woman even more extraordinary than legend has painted her and illuminates the reasons for its collapse.








Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir -- Travel.
North America -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
Iceland -- Discovery and exploration -- Norse.
Women -- Iceland -- Biography.
Women -- Greenland -- Biography.
Vikings -- Biography.
Sagas.
Viking ships.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Iceland.