Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Why Did Greenland’s Vikings Vanish?

quote [ Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappeared ]

I always thought that the stupid-Vikings-starved-on-a-frozen-rock narrative sounded a bit patronizing. Interesting analysis of how climate change and globalization are not new problems.
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[by Abdul Alhazred@3:46amGMT]


pleaides said @ 9:00am GMT on 7th Mar [Score:1 Insightful]
Fascinating. I just re-read Jared Diamond's 'Collapse' about a month ago, in which the Norse colony on Greenland is a major case study. In retrospect he's not far off the mark, but these additional data are very interesting.

For me the most compelling part of the story is the unfortunate absence of definitive archaeological or written evidence regarding the last hundred years or so. It must have been a great story, and not knowing the end feels like having an itch somewhere just out of reach.
HoZay said @ 7:58pm GMT on 8th Mar
I had thought there was a theory about the Inuit driving them out, but I guess that's out now.
hellboy said @ 10:30pm GMT on 8th Mar
Sad that Dumpster bootlickers have even infested the comments at the Smithsonian.

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