20 October 2010

The Assimilation of The Greenland Norse With Native Peoples

The following is a repeat of an article I wrote two years ago. Given the renewed interest in Arctic exploration for signs of medieval Greenland Viking presence I thought it appropriate to show it to those of you who are new to all of this.
The Assimilation of The Greenland Norse With Native Peoples

26 JUNE 2008

As I have mentioned in other writings, sooner or later some group of scientists will undertake to sample the mtDNA of certain native peoples of southeastern Canada, including the Cree of the Ungava Peninsula of Quebec, and the northeastern United States for Norse genetic markers.

Such a study is the only way to finally put to rest the 1000-year old mystery of what happened to the Greenland Norse settlers.

This effort should concentrate on a cross section of pure blooded members of the Cree, Ojibwa, and Iroquois Indian tribes. I submit that Norse genetic markers will be found in these Indians as they have been found in the male Inuit(Y-chromosome) of Greenland, although none have been found in female Inuit. The Greenland Norse, Niels Linnerup and Søren Nørby (Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, University of Denmark, Copenhagen, 2002) 107

This work will no doubt continue and extend into other areas of the Canadian Arctic.

Given the tremendous distances involved, the high cost of travel in the Arctic, primitive conditions, and the shortness of the summer season, it seems plausible that DNA studies will prove to be cheaper than archaeological excavations.

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