06 December 2008

More Evidence-Greenland Vikings and Climate Change

During the summer of 2008, Knut Espen Solberg, of Norway, leader of the 'Melting Arctic' project, reported finding a heretofore uncharted Viking site farther north on Greenland than any discovered previously. http://www.archaeology.eu.com/weblog/2008_07_01_archaeologyeu_archive.html This find was made possible because of recent ice melt exposing areas of the beach normally covered in ice at all times of the year.

His team, which included an archaeologist who apparently made the initial assessment, found a large stone pier and stone buildings. His REUTERS report, 28JULY2008, is very interesting to me for two reasons. He made reference to (1)the climate of the medieval period and (2)the presence of the ruins of several stone dwellings nearby. The latter is of significance because he makes the statement that 'Both Inuit and Vikings had similar building styles.'

Now, this might be explained by saying that there are only so many ways to erect such a stone building, or, and this is my contention: the natives and Vikings were living together-they had assimilated. He also states that the natives were Inuit. The Inuit did not arrive on Greenland until late in the 12th century so the Viking's companions could have been Tornit (Tuniit), remnants of the Dorset culture. This question will be answered when the dwellings are positively dated by subsequent research.

I include a link to the quoted article for the interested reader: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20080728-0828-greenland-vikings.html as well as a bit about Solberg himself. http://nunatsiaq.com/archives/41224/news/features/41224_01.html It would seem that he leads a most interesting life.

By reading my previous blogs you will see that I, too, have made reference to these topics, so Solberg's find is of special importance to my writing: http://www.vinlandpublishing.com/ and research on the medieval Greenland Norse people.