Anne Stine Ingstad

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Anne Stine Ingstad
woman kneeling in the field with brush and dustpan
Anne Stine Moe Ingstad at work, 1963
Anne Kirstine Moe

(1918-02-11)11 February 1918
Died6 November 1997(1997-11-06) (aged 79)
Alma materUniversity of Oslo
Known forArcheology at L'Anse aux Meadows
SpouseHelge Ingstad
ChildrenBenedicte Ingstad
AwardsOrder of St. Olav
Scientific career
Monument to Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
Norse statues installed above L'Anse aux Meadows Historical Site

Anne Stine Ingstad (11 February 1918 – 6 November 1997) was a Norwegian archaeologist who, along with her husband explorer Helge Ingstad, discovered the remains of a Norse settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1960.[1][2][3]


Anne Stine Moe was born and raised in Lillehammer, in Oppland county, Norway. Her parents were attorney Eilif Moe (1889–1954) and Louise Augusta Bauck Lindeman (1886–1966). Ingstad was the sister of Norwegian art historian and pianist, Ole Henrik Moe (1920– 2013). She married Helge Ingstad in 1941, after which she became his scientific collaborator.[4]

She studied archaeology at the University of Oslo in the 1950s. She took a master's degree in Nordic archeology in 1960. From 1960 to 1961, she was curator at the Norwegian Forestry Museum at Elverum.[2]

Between 1961 and 1968, Helge Ingstad and Anne Stine Ingstad conducted research resulting in the discoverery of settlement traces at L'Anse aux Meadows on the island of Newfoundland. They led an excavation of the settlement with an international team of archaeologists from Sweden, Iceland, Canada, U.S. and Norway. The excavation revealed the remains of an early 11th century Norse settlement. These remains included sod houses, a forge, cooking pits and boathouses. The settlement is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Site of Canada.[5]

After she had become a state research fellow in 1977, Anne Stine Ingstad took up a new field of research, the processing of the textile finds from the Kaupang and Oseberg excavation sites. Following her research, together with archaeologist Bjørn Myhre and Professor Arne Emil Christensen, she wrote the book Osebergdronningens grav (1992).[6]


Personal life[edit]

Anne Stine Ingstad died in November 1997 at the age of 79, leaving behind her 98-year-old husband Helge and their daughter Benedicte Ingstad, professor of medical anthropology at the University of Oslo.[8]


  • Ingstad, Helge; Ingstad, Anne Stine (2001). The Viking Discovery of America: The Excavation of a Norse Settlement in L'Anse Aux Meadows, Newfoundland. Checkmark Books. ISBN 0-8160-4716-2.


  1. ^ "Discovery of the Site and Initial Excavations", L'Anse au Meadows National Historic Site
  2. ^ a b c d "Anne Stine Ingstad". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Anne Stine Ingstad". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Anne-Stine Ingstad, a Sifter Of Viking Secrets The New York Times, November 10, 1997
  5. ^ Reidar Nydal."A Critical Review of Radiocarbon Dating Of A Norse Settlement At L'anse Aux Meadows" Archived 2012-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, Radiocarbon, Vol. 31, No. 3, 1989.
  6. ^ "Bjørn Myhre". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  7. ^ Pettigrew, William. "The Vinland Mystery" (Requires Adobe Flash). Documentary film. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  8. ^ Anne Stine Ingstad, "The textiles in the Oseberg ship"

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