Is Lacrosse Proof The Norse Reached The Great Lakes?
By George and Darril Fosty
Hertzberg argued both games were in fact the same and were evidence of early Norse contact with the Americas. Hertzberg’s arguments concluded the game of knattleikr was given from the Norse to the tribes of the Americas. Perhaps, Hertzberg would have been more correct if he had concluded the opposite; that knattleikr was a game adopted by the Norse from their contact with the Indians. Archaeological evidence suggests the game of lacrosse dates back to at least c.800 AD. This is well before the first Norse expeditions to America. Regardless, Hertzberg’s arguments of similarities have continued to stand the test of time and to conclusively link the two games.