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Andreas Brueckner
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Arctic Hare wool was used in Norse Greenlandic textile production

M.-H.S. Sinding, F.G. Vieira, M. Hayeur Smith
Unmatched DNA preservation proves Arctic hare and sheep wool in Norse Greenlandic textiles from the "The Farm Beneath the Sand"
Journal of Archaeological Science: Report, 14 (2017), pp. 603-608
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X1...


Updated versions of the card below .

Ivory symbol is based on this paper citing Arctic Hare Wool findings in North America as a sign for trade between Greenland and the new world.

"Verschiedene archäologische Befunde (z.B. eindeutig europäisch gesponnene und verwebte Schneehasenwolle in Amerika oder Planken aus amerikanischem Lärchenholz in grönländischen Booten und Särgen) lassen nämlich auf mehr oder weniger kontinuierliche, aber saisonale Handelsfahrten von Grönland zur nordostamerikanischen Gegenküste schließen."

http://www.klima-warnsignale.uni-hamburg.de/wp-content/uploa...
Probably based on this paper:
https://www.academia.edu/37510002/The_Ties_that_Bind_Fur-Fib...

Also after reading this interesting article one wonders if Greenland Norse were really the source of wool for the pieces cited in the German paper. The study shows indigenous Canadian Arctic people’s textiles predated European contact

Dorset, Norse, or Thule? Technological transfers, marine mammal contamination, and AMS dating of spun yarn and textiles from the Eastern Canadian Arctic
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030544031...
but see also the direct response that concludes that the hypothesis that cordage in North American sites was introduced by early European visitors.:
https://www.academia.edu/37842273/Response_to_Dorset_Norse_o..._

Last edit added text from Neanderthal, but I am not sure if this is actually true for Greenland. Wiki notes, that

in Newfoundland and southern Labrador, the Arctic hare changes its coat color, moulting and growing new fur, from brown or grey in the summer to white in the winter, like some other Arctic animals including ermine and ptarmigan, enabling it to remain camouflaged as their environments change. However, the Arctic hares in the far north of Canada, where summer is very short, remain white all year round.

Nothing about Hares in Greenland though.

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Cute! But very strong to get both a baby and an Ivory without any energy requirement for an animal that is domesticated with just a pair.
 
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GrandmasterChi wrote:
Cute! But very strong to get both a baby and an Ivory without any energy requirement for an animal that is domesticated with just a pair.


Yes, I was wondering the same, though I like the ivory for the trade reference above and the fact that in Neanderthal the Hare also provides Ivory.
Norse Shieling gives two energy, huskies and gyrfalcon Energy + sledge + re-roll both domesticated with a pair too. Still agree it might be strong.

I use this card to replace the Norse Shieling Raid, as I do not like that card in my deck for reasons described elsewhere.

Would you rather have the card provide one energy or one ivory? Only Ivory probably depends on how valid one considers the trade hypothesis. Only baby would make it weaker than gyrfalcon and huskies. Clearly domestic hares cannot provide re-rolls for hunting actions nor sledge abilities.
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An alternative would be, to give it only one baby but make it non-raidable like the Sami lappget, domestic hares were probably kept close to the settlements too and I am having a hard time picturing raiders driving away arctic hare lifestock in a raid.
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Ivory version:


Baby version:
 
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