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...