Why Exactly Did the Vikings Flee Greenland? | Atlas Obscura

Sometime around the 10th century AD the Vikings traveled north to settle in Greenland. They lived there for around 500 years and then exited the region en masse. Why they left still remains a mystery, but a paper published today in Science Advances throws a wrench in one of the more popular explanations.

One Viking exodus hypothesis puts climate change front and center. The Vikings traveled to Greenland during a period known as the Medieval Warm Period, a chunk of time–between the…

Source: Why Exactly Did the Vikings Flee Greenland? | Atlas Obscura

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4 thoughts on “Why Exactly Did the Vikings Flee Greenland? | Atlas Obscura

  1. So is climate change nothing new? I am a little confused. I am told that the recent rains are an indication of severe changes to come. Yet the Thames froze regularly, during the 17th and 18th centuries, but never has since. The Vikings left Greenland an age ago, due to the weather; or was it a lack of demand for walrus tusks? I sort-of want to agree with climate change, but remain unconvinced, due to conflicting opinions.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I’m with you on this, Pete. I remain unconvinced. Climate change is clearly happening but plus ca change as far as I’m concerned. It’s a what+should+be+expected cycle. But oh my, how others crack down on you if you say this! I mentioned climate change once on Facebook and was bombarded with fierce comments. I’ve avoided the subject ever since.

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