Cows, harp seals, and churchbells: Adaptation and extinction in Norse Greenland

  title={Cows, harp seals, and churchbells: Adaptation and extinction in Norse Greenland},
  author={Thomas H. Mcgovern},
  journal={Human Ecology},
  • T. Mcgovern
  • Published 1 September 1980
  • History
  • Human Ecology
The extinction of the Norse colony in West Greenland (ca A.D. 985–1500) has intrigued generations of historians, medieval archaeologists, and climatologists. This longstanding interest has generated a considerable body of basic paleoclimatic and paleoecological data, as well as a number of largely monocausal explanations for the communities' end. The 1976–1977 Inuit-Norse Project and a variety of recent geophysical and palynological studies have provided the greater detail necessary for a more… 

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