Talk: Viking Age Colonization of the North Atlantic

Event Details

October 24, 2016
4:30 pm

Herter Hall

Room: 301

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Sherrill Harbison
413-545-6685

Douglas Bolender, who is project Director for the Skagafjörður Archaeological Settlement Survey in north Iceland, will focus on the North Atlantic settlements of the Vikings, which represents the westernmost extent of the European medieval world. There were significant benefits to first settlers, he suggests, as these farms tended to be larger and more politically prominent than later farms.

Bolender has received numerous National Science Foundation grants for his research, and published Eventful Archaeologies: Approaches to Structural Change in the Archaeological Record.  He was a contributor to the NOVA/BBC program Vikings Uncovered in spring 2016, which through “space archeology” revealed surface traces of a second, more westerly Viking settlement in North America.

The talk, sponsored by the German and Scandinavian Studies Program at UMass Amherst and funded by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, is free and open to the public.