Skip to comments.Viking barley in Greenland
Posted on 02/11/2012 7:20:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv
The Vikings are both famous and notorious for their liking of beer and mead and archaeologists have discussed for years whether Eric the Red (ca 950-1010) and his followers had to make do without the golden drink when they settled in Greenland around the year 1,000: The climate was mild when they landed, but was it warm enough for growing barley?
Researchers from the National Museum in Copenhagen say the answer to the question is 'yes'. In a unique find, they uncovered tiny fragments of charred barley grains in a Viking midden on Greenland.
The find is final proof that the first Vikings to live in Greenland did grow barley â the most important ingredient in making a form of porridge, baking bread and of course in brewing beer, traditionally seen as the staple foods in the Vikings' diet.
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A Sven Bloodaxe nail in the Anthropogenic Global Warming coffin!
Umm, nei. "Ja".
All those Viking SUVs made the climate warm enough to grow crops in Greenland.
And drowned all the poor polar bears.
Porridge, bread and beer.......let’s not forget the creamed herring!......no wonder they were out raiding all the time, they couldn’t get a decent meal.
“Sven! What did you have for supper?”
“Boat Trip! Let’s go South and see if we can find some decent eats!”
How did man figure out how to make booze and figure out how to market the stuff on such a huge scale and get folks addicted....century after century??
How different would life be had the Vikings settled Plymouth 600 years before the Pilgrims?
Cool article and website, thanks for posting!
I have a book about a Native American who runs away from her tribe and survives the cold winter in Nova Scotia, where she meets up with Inuits. They all, in turn, meet up with the Viks and eventually this gal has children and dies in Greenland.
Plausible. The path would work. I read it every so often, just because it is so interesting.
(Forgot the name of it, though...)
I thought there was evidence the Vikings did arrive, stayed awhile then left.
Fermentation probably happened by accident the first time.
Beer has all the ingredients of bread but doesn’t spoil.
I read just recently that the Egyptians paid their works in meat and beer.
Beer (or beer like drinks) have been around for thousands of years. It is good, or it can be good if done right.
One thing’s for sure: it wasn’t Bud Lite.
The US wanted to buy Greenland for 100,000,000 in the fifties.
Thanks blam, looks like a good idea for a topic of its own, but I’ve gotta dash soon.
By “soon”, I meant, soon by ‘Civ standards...
Hey, not everyone is a fan of barley. ;’)
AFAIK, the earliest known surviving sample of cultivated grain is some multirow barley, from some site in the Middle East, uncalibrated RC date of 14,000 years ago.
Probably that early breakthrough led to mass migrations out of the area, resulting in a wave of conquest and colonization, the first the world had ever seen. ;’)
Yeah, I know.
I've been waiting YEARS now for something you were going to send me. I expect I'll die of old age first.(ahem)
The polar bears I know laugh about these global warming claims. ;’)
It was not less filling, either.
To cripple the Indians Indian tribe files $500 million suit against big brewers
But seriously, I've always believed the discovery of alcohol was an accidental one of via the ingestion of fermented fruits and grains by some famished hairy guy many moons ago. Probably repeated occurences before it sunk in, or the association made. Then, inference; trial and error. The draw of its effects were self-evident, and the mass marketing simply and application of a fundamental business precept.
The Vikings got around, including constructing buildings in North America, and even back then, 1000 years ago, wondering who’d built the earlier structures. The Mystery Hill (now called “America’s Stonehenge”) structures are at least 4000 years old, meaning that they weren’t built as “colonial root cellars”, regardless of what they were (much) later used for. :’)
My pleasure, thanks for the kind remarks, and thanks again to Renfield for the link.
Hey, I’m pretty sure I know what *room* it’s in.
Of course, the region code on the disk may be no good, this was a French-speaking area back then. ;’)
Imagine how much crap the global warming demagogues would be shilling out if Denmark had said yes.
But it tasted great!
evidence they came way inland, halfway across Canada
Jellied fish.....couldn’t have grape jelly or raspberry jelly......jellied fish.....I’ll bet they fed ludefisk to the Berserkers just to get them good and mad.
Which leads you to the crazy image of seafaring cavemen launching themselves across the Atlantic, in large numbers, long before Columbus or Eric the Red.
I'm visualizing skin boats made with mammoth hides or something...mind-boggling. But the scientists are still arguing over it.
wow that was really interesting article. thanks.
just read a pretty good book on columbus too. strange guy. it didnt end well for him.
Nice boat. Beautiful wood. It even has a cabin & probably a diesel. If it has a trailer I’ll take it:)
How does finding a tiny bit of Barley “Prove” that it was grown there? Couldn’t it have been transported there in their boats?
Interesting point?? How did it get to be “a man thing”?
I don’t know. I think if women had a taste of good beer they would enjoy it.
——baking bread -—
I did not know barley was milled to flour.
I thought it was for thickening stew and beer
Fermented apples, 5 months ago, in Sweden.
Beer and wine allow one to live.
Water, contaminated water kills.
Fermentation is a natural phenomenon.
In the article, it says that carrying the barley as cargo to Greenland would have been impracticle because of the limited space on the ship.
Been there. But that was years ago and I was drifting...
Arrrrrrrrrrr! Pour me anotherrrrrr!
We’ve barley scratched the surface of its many uses.
Thanks Bigg Red.
We used to work & live with a hunter-gatherer tribe in Africa.
They did NOT:
Use the Wheel
Use the Plow
Have a Written Language
However, they were very intelligent, spoke two or three or more languages
They made BEER..... lots of it, when they had a reasonable harvest of millet.
In light of these latest findings, maybe the explanation is that they were trying to find Milwaukee and just took a wrong turn.
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