Over-hunting walruses contributed to the collapse of Norse Greenland

January 2020

The mysterious disappearance of Greenland’s Norse colonies sometime in the 15th century may have been down to the overexploitation of walrus populations for their tusks, according to a study of medieval artefacts from across Europe. Dr James H. Barrett, Fellow of Darwin College and member of the Department of Archaeology, argues that the Norse abandonment of Greenland may have been precipitated by a “perfect storm” of depleted resources and volatile prices, exacerbated by climate change. Read the full report

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