Assumption College HumanArts: Finding Vinland then and now

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History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Monday, March 23, 2020
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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Assumption College
Tsotsis Building, Curtis Performance Hall
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
Cost: Free
Description: Kevin McAleese (The Rooms Provincial Museum, St. Johns, Canada) will lecture on Finding Vinlandthen and now

Co-sponsored by the Assumption College Human Arts Series, Programs of History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Archeological Institute of America

The settling of Vinland (Newfoundland and Labrador) by the Viking Age Norse marked their furthest westward expansion c. A.D. 1000. Although the Norse appear to have lived at LAnse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland for only about 20 years, it was a tremendous achievement. Their journey to Vinland, part of a migratory process, was preceded by first colonizing Iceland c. AD 850 and then Greenland c. AD 985.
But when the Norse arrived they met resident people who had settled the region much earlier. The lifeway of those Aboriginal people with unknown names, was equally remarkable. Generically the Norse called them Skraelings, an uncomplimentary term for a variety of peoples whose ancestors travelled to North America thousands of years earlier from northeast Asia.
Archaeology research on all these various Viking Age peoples includes recent excavations by the author in Iceland, Newfoundland, and Labrador on sites that precede and follow the brief Norse settlement at LAnse aux Meadows. This talk also summarizes the remarkable re-discovery of Vinland, particularly LAnse aux Meadows c. 960 years after the Norse left. The Norwegians Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad led the archaeology done there in the 1960s. Their research, and the subsequent work of an international team of archaeologists, was the basis for LAnse aux Meadows designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A review of the Viking Age objects and many others from this fascinating archaeological record will be presented.
More Information: E-mail: jchlapowski@assumption.edu
Entered by: Jacqueline Chlapowski

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