Vikings and Global Warming


Your humble blogger feels the very best way to annoy global warming advocates is to attack them with the logic of the historical record. I usually just use one word “Greenland”.

It seems that recent archaeological discoveries indicate that the Vikings traveled farther into the Canadian arctic than we once thought they did.  This is very important historically, archaeologically, and a huge weapon in the battle against global warming.

“…A UNESCO World Heritage site at northern Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows — about 1,500 kilometres southeast of the Nanook dig — is the only confirmed location of a Viking settlement in North America. There, about 1,000 years ago, it’s believed a party of Norse voyagers from Greenland led by Leif Eiriksson built sod-and-wood dwellings before abandoning their colonization attempt under threat from hostile natives they called “Skraelings.”

However, over the past 10 years, research teams led by the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s chief of Arctic archeology, Pat Sutherland, have compiled evidence from field studies and archived collections that strongly suggests the Norse presence in northern Canada didn’t end with Eiriksson’s retreat from Newfoundland.

At three sites on Baffin Island, which the Norse called “Helluland” or “land of stone slabs,” and another in northern Labrador, the researchers have documented dozens of suspected Norse artifacts such as Scandinavian-style spun yarn, distinctively notched and decorated wood objects and whetstones for sharpening knives and axes.

Among the new artifacts found near the sod-and-stone features at Nanook is a whalebone spade, consistent with tools found at Norse sites in Greenland, and which might have been used to cut sections of turf for the shelter.

There is also evidence at Nanook of what appears to be a rock-lined drainage system comparable to others found at proven Viking sites.

The apparent “architectural elements” found at the site still have to be confirmed, Sutherland says. “They’re definitely anomalous for Dorset culture, and, when you see these things in connection with Norse artifacts, it suggests that there may have been some kind of a shore station.”

Sutherland’s theory is that Norse sailors continued to travel between Greenland and Arctic Canada for generations after the failed colonization bid in Newfoundland. She believes they encountered and possibly traded with the Dorset, ancient aboriginals who were later overrun, probably before 1400 AD, by the eastward-migrating Thule ancestors of modern Inuit….”


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  1. “Why is Greenland called ‘Greenland’?” I’ve been using that same tactic in many of my emails to politicians and the media.

    Another fairly simple tactic is to hammer global warming believers with what I call the “five one-word questions about Al Gore’s and the IPCC’s claims of the global warming debate being settled” – “when, where, who, how, why”: If the global warming debate is truly over, WHEN exactly did the debate occur, WHERE was it, WHO attended, HOW were expert scientists offering conclusions contradictory to IPCC reports addressed and refuted beyond a shadow of a doubt, and is there any reason WHY Dr S Fred Singer’s “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate: Summary for Policymakers of the Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change” (NIPCC 2008), a collection of peer-reviewed published scientific papers, should not be considered as a second opinion to the IPCC reports?

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