Re: Ancient Greenland mystery has a simple answer, it seems:Thingsgot colder and they left.
- From: "Peter Alaca" <p.alaca@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 10:42:18 +0100
"Matt Giwer" <jull43@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:4750d42f$0$2283$4c368faf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Inger E wrote:"Matt Giwer" <jull43@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> skrev i meddelandet
Jack Linthicum wrote:"During the same time period, a lot of Norse settlements in Iceland...
and northern Norway were being abandoned, but nobody writes big books
about that," Niels Lynnerup, a forensic anthropologist at the
University of Copenhagen in Denmark who studies the Norse says. "I'm
not sure that the Norse saw Greenland as being very different from the
fjords they came from in Norway, and leaving it was no more stressful
than abandoning a hamlet in Norway." His theory: In the 1300s and
1400s, Greenland's youths voted with their feet, leaving until the
colony could no longer support itself. The last few left.
only reason I ever heard. I was not paying attention when it became a mystery.
The reason was always because the climate got colder. I am shocked I missed not
knowing that the reason has been known at least all my life.
Science writer syndrome strikes again.
First of all the notes re. Northern Norway might be a bit too hasty. That
said Greenland wasn't abondoned due to the climate, nor did the young ones
move to Iceland, Ireland, England or Scandinavia. Most of them moved to NA
especially to places where they could hunt whales. What's incredible is that
so many scholars missed that the Norse in Greenland were better skilled
hunting whales than the Inuits and that this can be proven from for example
artifacts found by the Pfaff-voyage studies.
(A copy of that can be found here in Gothenburg but not in the expected
archives... Good photos and ref to where the artifact is to be found)
More in my manuscript.
Unless you have not noticed, given the internet there is no excuse for not publishing these days. In fact given printing on demand there is no excuse not to publish anything these days with even thinking of a vanity publisher. I can expect to read this when?
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