Humans reached remote North Atlantic islands centuries earlier than thought

Scientists at Columbia University have found new evidence from the bottom of a lake in the remote North Atlantic Faroe Islands indicates an unknown band of humans settled there around A.D. 500. They have taken lake sediment samples containing signs that domestic sheep suddenly appeared around 500, well before the Viking occupation 350 years ago. Columbia University is a NYSERNet member. Read more here:

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This lakebed on the island of Eysturoy contains sediments that document the first arrival of sheep.

Credit: Raymond Bradley/UMass Amherst