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Nachtengel
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 08:28 PM
Archaeologists from the Danish national museum have finally succeeded in confirming that Erik the Red and his people could indeed brew beer in Greenland when they lived there.

There has long been a question mark over whether or not the southern Greenlandic climate was warm enough in Viking times to grow grain for beer, mead, gruel and bread.

Now Danish archaeologists have found remains of burnt barley in a dunghill from the time when Erik the Red and other Icelanders moved to Greenland. The find is the first evidence of corn cultivation in southern Greenland a thousand years ago.

According to Jyllandsposten, the archaeologists are very proud of their find and are even shipping 300 kilogrammes of the dunghill home to Denmark for further research.

Read more: http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2012/01/28/evidence-suggests-vikings-grew-grain-in-south-greenland/#ixzz1ljJh11CR

Hersir
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Great they have finally confirmed it.

I always knew they did. When the small ice age hit, the Greenlanders adopted. But most of them travelled back to their old lands because of marriage etc.

OutlawsnUnderdogs
Thursday, February 9th, 2012, 12:51 AM
I wonder how much scientific innovation could be the result of having to have a good brew..... lol

Feyn
Thursday, February 9th, 2012, 07:42 AM
Really interesting. But the article begs one question, why would you need grain for mead ? Is that a typo and they meant for meat (-production, an early form of concentrated feed or so ?)

Angelcynn Beorn
Sunday, February 12th, 2012, 09:57 PM
Really interesting. But the article begs one question, why would you need grain for mead ? Is that a typo and they meant for meat (-production, an early form of concentrated feed or so ?)

I would guess the journalist writing the article doesn't actually know that mead is made from honey. :D