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Vikings Grew Barley in Greenland

Scientists at the Danish National Museum have established that Nordic Vikings who settled in Greenland approximately in the year 1000 AD grew barleycorn, reports.

greenland_psGreenland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Remnants of barley have been found by Brattahlíð in South Greenland, the Farmstead of Erik the Red, father of Leif the Lucky who was the first white man to discover America.

Danish newspaper Kristeligt Dagblað first reported this, explaining that it has long been believed that Vikings had agriculture, including growing barley, in Greenland. Proof had not been found however until this summer when archeologists discovered minuscule remnants of barley during excavation in the area.

Peter Steen Henriksen, specialist at the Danish National Museum, told the newspaper that these findings significantly increase our understanding of the daily lives of Nordic people in Greenland a thousand years ago.

This for example means that the Vikings may have brewed beer in Greenland.


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