Not a Collapse (pace Jared Diamond) but a Retreat? Vikings and Greenland

This interesting article suggests that isolation and cultural dissonance prompted the Vikings to abandon Greenland – not privation, disease, and starvation.┬áJared Diamond is interesting, but that doesn’t make him always right.

The article points out that archaeological analyses of skeletons of both man and beast show interesting things – there was not a lot of disease – no more than in Iceland. The Vikings made a swift transition to eating seals. They didn’t try very hard to preserve their herd animals.

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