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
Born(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
Spouse(s)Helge Ingstad
ChildrenBenedicte Ingstad
Awardscommander of the Order of St. Olav
Scientific career

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


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 and the aunt of his son composer Ole-Henrik Moe. She married Helge Ingstad in 1941, after which she became his scientific collaborator.[2]

She studied archaeology at the University of Oslo in the 1950s. In 1960, her husband discovered settlement traces at L'Anse aux Meadows on the island of Newfoundland. Between 1961 and 1968, Anne Stine Ingstad 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.[3]

Later years[edit]

Norse statues installed above L'Anse aux Meadows Historical Site, Newfoundland and Labrador

In the 1970s, Anne Stine Ingstad worked on the textiles from the Kaupang and Oseberg excavation sites. Anne Stine Ingstad died in 1997 at the age of 79, leaving behind her 98-year-old husband Helge and their daughter Benedicte Ingstad, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Oslo.[4]


In 1969, Anne Stine Ingstad was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1992, she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Bergen. She was a commander of the Order of St. Olav and was made a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science. She appeared with her husband in the 1984 National Film Board of Canada documentary The Vinland Mystery.[5]


  • 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. ^ Anne-Stine Ingstad, a Sifter Of Viking Secrets The New York Times, November 10, 1997
  3. ^ Reidar Nydal."A Critical Review of Radiocarbon Dating Of A Norse Settlement At L'anse Aux Meadows", Radiocarbon, Vol. 31, No. 3, 1989.
  4. ^ Anne Stine Ingstad, "The textiles in the Oseberg ship"
  5. ^ Pettigrew, William. "The Vinland Mystery" (Requires Adobe Flash). Documentary film. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 13 September 2012.

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