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Death in Norse Greenland

Science  14 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5302, pp. 924-926
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5302.924

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What triggered the collapse of the medieval Norse colony on Greenland? Theories have ranged from a cold climate to warring Thule hunters, ancestors of the modern Inuit. New studies combine data from ice cores, archaeological digs, and fossil flies to create a picture of desperation and disaster in the final days of one settlement—and finger climate as well as culture as causes of the settlers' demise.