Greenland's Viking Settlers Gorged on Seals
The above photograph shows archaeologists digging up the skeletons at Igaliku Fjord in Greenland in 2010.
CREDIT: Jette Arneborg
Greenland's viking settlers, the Norse, disappeared suddenly and mysteriously from Greenland about 500 years ago. A team of researchers have now discovered that diet was not to blame for the disappearance of the vikings in Greenland. The team conducted an isotopic analysis of bone samples which shows seal meat made up about 50 to 80 percent of the settlers' diet. Traditionally, the Norse were a farming community but these settlers were able to adapt to the environment and subsisted primarily on a diet from the sea.
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