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Herjolfsnes - Greenland Highlights:
Old Norse Graveyard
Because of its location on the southern tip of Greenland, Herjolfsnes ("Herjolf's Point") was the first port of call for ships from Iceland and northern Europe. In 1921, a large number of graves were excavated in the burial ground of the old Norse colony here. Herjolfsnes was ostensibly founded about 985, by Herjolf Baardson but eventually abandoned about 1375.

The skeletons revealed a hard life but the heavy woolen apparel the dead wore to the grave remained intact. No fewer than 30 robes, 17 hoods or cowls, five hats, and six woven stockings (knitting had yet to be invented) emerged from the frozen earth. Most of the robes were heavily patched, but were in good enough condition to be wearable. The clothes were thought to reflect French and Dutch fashions, an unexpected find in a country supposedly out of touch with the rest of the world at the time.

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