Science Channel is prepping an upcoming series that combines cutting edge science and experimental archaeology to find out how far the Vikings traveled throughout America.
Produced by UK indie Arrow Media, the six-part America’s Lost Vikings will trace archaeologists and explorers Blue Nelson (pictured, right) and Mike Arbuthnot (left) as they embark on a mission to find out what happened to the Vikings that landed on the coast of North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
To solve this mystery, Nelson and Arbuthnot begin their journey in L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. This Viking settlement from around the year 1,000 still stands, but the purpose of the site is still unknown. The archaeological duo aims to solve that mystery and find out where the fearsome warriors headed next.
As the evidence trail leads them south, Nelson and Arbuthnot put their theories to the test, which involves plunging themselves into freezing temperatures to test Viking clothing, rowing a specially constructed Norse boat through icy waters, and learning to fight using the Viking’s weapons.
America’s Lost Vikings bows Feb. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.
“The question of just how much of North America the Vikings explored hasn’t been investigated to this degree,” said Marc Etkind, general manager of Science Channel, in a statement. “The latest scientific technology may help us answer just how far they got, where they went and who they encountered.”
“This was a hugely challenging research project because there was so little evidence available,” added Ash Potterton, executive producer at Arrow Media. “But in Blue Nelson and Mike Arbuthnot, we had two presenters who were prepared to eat, sleep, sail, hunt and fight like Vikings in the quest for answers. Just like them, we were determined to shed new light on what is one of the greatest unanswered questions in U.S. history.”