Does the Kimmirut find indicate pre-Viking Europeans traveling to Baffin Island?

A 2008 article from the Nunatsiaq News claimed there was new evidence of European contact with the Canadian Arctic, saying things like:

Dating of some yarn and other artifacts, presumed to be left by Vikings on Baffin Island, have produced an age that predates the Vikings by several hundred years.

It’s been eight years since this article was published. Has the scholarly community gotten anywhere with this? How likely is this pre-Viking contact looking?


Note: If your answer doesn’t say anything about finds on or related to Baffin Island, you’re probably not answering the right question. I’m not asking about Polynesians in Peru, nor Welsh in the Midwest, I’m asking about Norse contact with Baffin Island around 1000 AD.

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