Evidence suggests Vikings grew grain in south Greenland
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