10.1.13

Abandoned Colony in Greenland: Archaeologists Find Clues to Viking Mystery (Spiegel)

"For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century. But archaeologists now believe that economic and identity issues, rather than starvation and disease, drove them back to their ancestral homes...

In the final phase, it was young people of child-bearing age in particular who saw no future for themselves on the island...

"The situation was presumably similar to the way it is today, when young Greeks and Spaniards are leaving their countries to seek greener pastures in areas that are more promising economically," Lynnerup says. "It's always the young and the strong who go, leaving the old behind."

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