Was it for walrus? Viking Age settlement and medieval walrus ivory trade in Iceland and Greenland

  title={Was it for walrus? Viking Age settlement and medieval walrus ivory trade in Iceland and Greenland},
  author={K. Frei and Ashley N Coutu and K. Śmiarowski and R. Harrison and C. Madsen and J. Arneborg and R. Frei and Garðar Guðmundsson and S. Sindb{\ae}k and J. Woollett and S. Hartman and Megan T. Hicks and T. Mcgovern},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={439 - 466}
Abstract Walrus-tusk ivory and walrus-hide rope were highly desired goods in Viking Age north-west Europe. New finds of walrus bone and ivory in early Viking Age contexts in Iceland are concentrated in the south-west, and suggest extensive exploitation of nearby walrus for meat, hide and ivory during the first century of settlement. In Greenland, archaeofauna suggest a very different specialized long-distance hunting of the much larger walrus populations in the Disko Bay area that brought… Expand
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