Sometimes I add a little pre-Viking Age context to the website. Here’s a little post-Viking Age context about climate change. The period of the Viking Age saw its own changes. I’ve referred to them in articles about Greenland, here and here. Just last week, Science Alert published an article about Europe in the fourteenth century. It had me thinking some more, at least, because it gives an interesting parallel (not analogue, mind you) read to the current climate debate.
Here is another science article that explores how ‘vanishing skies’ and ‘dark moons’ in medieval textual sources can be explained by volcanic eruptions and their impact on daily life across the medieval world. Read it on Science Alert.
Since 2011, glacier archaeologists have been viewing the Lendbreen ice patch in Norway with much interest. In 1974 already, a student found a Viking Age spear and more objects came to light over the years…
Must-read article about lead pollution across Europe in the twelfth century. The research at Harvard is making interesting discoveries related to events known from medieval sources. I found it via Medievalists.net, but you can also read the article directly via Antiquity.
A new interpretation of the inscription of the Rök Runestone in Sweden discusses a possible fear for climate change around 800 CE. The scholarly article is entitled “The Rök Runestone and the End of the World.” and is published in the journal Futhark (doi 10.33063/diva401040).
The effects of climate change on archaeological sites in Greenland.