Norse Settlers Adapted To Cold Conditions
Hvalsey Church (Danish: Hvalsø Kirke) was a church in the abandoned Greenlandic Norse settlement of Hvalsey (now modern-day Qaqortoq). The best preserved Norse ruins in Greenland, the Church was also the location of the last written record of the Greenlandic Norse, a wedding in September 1408.
A new comprehensive Danish research project has debunked the myth that Norse settlers were forced to abandon Greenland because of the adverse climate conditions. The research by Christian Koch Madsen, a PhD student at the National Museum of Denmark, showed that the Norsemen actually stayed on the island for as much as 200 years longer, despite living in a hostile environment that continued to get colder.
“The stories we’ve heard until now – about the Vikings leaving because the climate worsened – are simply not correct,”
Koch told the science website Videnskab.dk.
“They actually stayed there a long time and were far better at acclimatising that we previously believed.”
–Christian Wenande, The Copenhagen Post, 16 March 2015
h/t to The GWPF