The Case of the Greenlandic Assembly Sites

  title={The Case of the Greenlandic Assembly Sites},
  author={Alexandra Sanmark},
Abstract In the early 20th century, scholars identified two possible Greenlandic assembly sites at Brattahlíð and Garðar, respectively. Later scholars, with one exception, have neither refuted nor corroborated this, and research on this topic has therefore not significantly moved forward in the last 100 years. In this article, the two proposed assembly sites are examined in the light of recent research. It is demonstrated that there are striking similarities between the Greenlandic and… 

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