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Title: Norse–Inuit interaction and landscape change in southern Greenland. A geochronological, pedological and palynological investigation
Author(s): Golding, Kirsty A
Simpson, Ian
Schofield, J Edward
Edwards, Kevin J
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Issue Date: May-2011
Date Deposited: 28-Mar-2014
Citation: Golding KA, Simpson I, Schofield JE & Edwards KJ (2011) Norse–Inuit interaction and landscape change in southern Greenland. A geochronological, pedological and palynological investigation. Geoarchaeology, 26 (3), pp. 315-345.
Abstract: Ruins representing both medieval Norse and Inuit (Thule culture) settlements can be found together on the coast at Sandhavn (59°59′ N, 44°46′ W), Greenland. The site presents a rare opportunity to investigate the character of past contact and interaction between these two peoples. Soils-based, radiocarbon, and palynological analyses demonstrate the creation of hortic anthrosols within Norse home-fields used between the mid-11th and late 14th centuries A.D. Irrigation channels have been identified within the home-fields, while rising grass pollen influx reveals intensification in hay production over the period ca. A.D. 1260-1350 despite climatic deterioration setting in around this time. Floor deposits and wall packing from an Inuit winter house returned dates of cal. A.D. 1220-1290 (2σ), yet no direct landscape-based evidence for Inuit activity could be determined. Although the exact nature of the relationship between Norse and Thule at Sandhavn remains unclear, the role of this site as a harbor and possible trading area may have attracted Inuit settlers keen to participate in European trade networks.
DOI Link: 10.1002/gea.20351
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