The North Atlantic Saga

By William W. Fitzhugh (Editor); Elisabeth I. Ward (Editor); Fitzhugh Ward

Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781560989950, 404pp.

Publication Date: April 2000


Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World. They show that Norse contacts with Native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America.

About the Author
William Fitzhugh is director of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution. He is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology and environmental studies.

Praise For Vikings

“This stimulating work gives the Vikings the place they deserve in the history of the world and will repay both extensive study and casual browsing.”—Publishers Weekly