National Geographic : 1957 Apr
© National Geographic Society 532 Kodachrome by Andrew H. Brown, National Geographic Staff Greenlanders Tread Ruins of a Church Built Nine Centuries Ago by Europe's Lost Colony Norsemen under Eric the Red colonized southern Greenland in the late 10th century. Settlers clung to their farms for 500 years; then supply ships from home unaccountably ceased to call. Visitors half a century later found a solitary skeleton here near the present-day village of Kagsiarsuk. Legend says Eskimo invaders from the north killed the last starved and crippled colonists. + Silverweed (Potentilla anserina) on left and saxifrage (Saxifraga cernua) flourish in the brief summer.