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Repeated, unexplained, oblique references in a monograph derived from a doctoral dissertation inspire me with the suspicion that Knight is keen to tell a story that couldn't get by her committee. My subsequent investigation leaves me less confident of this first assumption, but, what the heck, it is what directed me down this road, and Knight's commitment to "practice theory" archaeology is interesting, if not well engaged below. I have some photos and maps to post, so here we are. Specifically, we are at the page break.
Original Caption: "Figure 5. Structure 21 at Qinngua in 2010; the person is standing at the north-eastern corner,
and the pollen site is circled. (Photograph by K. J. Edwards.)
Kevin J. Edwards, J. Edward Schofield, and Jette Arneborg had the delightful task of finally following up on Ole Guldagger's conjecture, and disposing of it. The original objection to Brattahlid-at-Qassiarsuk was phrased mainly in terms of the fact that the name refers to a steep hill, while Qassiarsuk is about the least hilly place in a very hilly country. Qinngua is noticeably hilly, larger, and what about that National Forest? Wouldn't Erik the Red naturally pre-empt the best land around?
|Map showing the areas designated for a proposed UNESCO world heritage site. The UNESCO report is great, by the way. Yet one more demonstration that official history can reach far higher levels of sophistication than academic historians seem able to muster.|
If you're curious, but not curious enough to follow the link, Edwards, Schofield and Arneborg report that the Qinngasa site, although large, lacks the large church structure and associated graveyard that are deemed to be indispensable markers of high-status Greenland Norse sites. I'm also, personally, less taken by the case for Qinngasa on closer reading, as it turns out that it is hardly the only underutilised candidate area for the "best agricultural land in Greenland."
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