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Norse Greenland Farms and The Loss of Organic Preservation: No More Wood, Textiles, or Bones

Author(s): Konrad Smiarowski ; Michael Nielsen ; Christian Madsen

Year: 2017

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This presentation is an attempt to illustrate the scale of climate induced loss of organic preservation at Norse/Viking farmsteads in the Eastern Settlement of Southwest Greenland. For over a century now Norse Greenland has been associated with well preserved sites, where wooden artifacts, bones and even textiles have been recovered. Archaeological investigations at sites that previously reported excellent preservation conditions suggest that recent climatic changes have had a wide and severe effect on sites in the whole region. Observations recorded during systematic coring surveys, large and small scale excavations, and keyhole archaeology in the last decade at ca. 90 Norse sites in The Eastern Settlement are confirmed by recent hard science investigations into the causes and processes of rapid midden decomposition in Western Greenland.


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Norse Greenland Farms and The Loss of Organic Preservation: No More Wood, Textiles, or Bones. Konrad Smiarowski, Michael Nielsen, Christian Madsen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431043)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America