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Story of Viking Colonies' Icy 'Pompeii' Unfolds From Ancient Greenland Farm
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New York Times

By JAMES BROOKE
Published: May 8, 2001

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NUUK, Greenland— The fate of Greenland's Norse colonies has endured as a human mystery ever since the last Scandinavians vanished from this island, apparently two generations before Columbus rediscovered America for Europeans.

In one tale, Icelandic fishermen exploring a Greenland fjord in the mid-1550's found the body of an old Viking, face down on the beach with an arrow in his back. In later times, heroic paintings dwelled on the theme of the aged and abandoned Norseman facing his final years alone, like an Arctic Robinson Crusoe, as sea ice closed in on his forgotten fjord.

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