Vikings Disappearance Linked To Greenland Cold Climate In Uummannaq Town

By on Jun 1, 2011 in Archaelogy, Science Comments
Greenland Iceberg in Uummannaq
Greenland Town Of Uummannaq
Image Credit: Svebor Kranjc

Scientist are studying the possibility that a 12th century cold climate in Greenland caused the disappearance of Vikings in the island, according to reports by several news sites on Monday, June 1, 2011.

Based on the reports, scientist are examining 5,600 year old lake sediment cores in west Greenland to reconstruct the temperature in the area where pre-historic settlers were believed to have experienced extreme low temperature of up to four degrees Celsius.

A statement issued by William D’Andrea of Brown University in the US said that “Climate played (a) big role in Vikings’ disappearance from Greenland.” He added that “There is a definite cooling trend in the region right before the Norse disappear.”

Brown is the lead author of the research in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Reports added that there are very little information available on why Vikings disappeared and left the western side of Greenland in the mid-1300s and the eastern side in the early 1400s.

Other factors being attributed by scientists to Viking disappearance in these areas include their conflicts with indigenous Inuit, search for a better hunting area, economic stresses and shift in climate.



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