Vikings loved to eat seals

Published on November 21st, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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A study of Viking skeletons has revealed that the Norsemen ate plenty of seals.

“Our analysis shows that the Norse in Greenland ate lots of food from the sea, especially seals,” says Jan Heinemeier, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University.

“Even though the Norse are traditionally thought of as farmers, they adapted quickly to the Arctic environment and the unique hunting opportunities. During the period they were in Greenland, the Norse ate gradually more seals. By the 14th century, seals made up between 50 and 80 per cent of their diet.”

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Story: University of Copenhagen | Photo: Jette Arneborg

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