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Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
5 King's College Road, room 252
Time: Oct 31st, 5:00 pm End: Oct 31st, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Indigenous, Human Geography (UTSC), Geography & Planning (FAS), Environment, Classics (FAS), before 400 BCE, Archaeology, Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 400-1200, 400-1 BCE, 1-400 CE
Lecture by William Fitzhugh, Director of the Smithsonian Institute's Arctic Studies Centre

The Department of Classics is pleased to present:

William Fitzhugh, Director of the Artic Studies Center, Smithsonian Museum

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga

William Fitzhugh is an anthropologist specializing in circumpolar archaeology, ethnology and environmental studies. He first became interested in the North through canoeing in Ontario and his anthropological studies at Dartmouth College with Elmer Harp, Jr., who invited him to take part in archaeological projects in Newfoundland and Hudson Bay. After two years in the U.S. Navy he attended Harvard University where he received his PhD in anthropology in 1970, and thereafter took a position at the National Museum of Natural History. As director of the Arctic Studies Center and Curator in the Department of Anthropology, NMNH, he has spent more than thirty years studying and publishing on arctic peoples and cultures in northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia and Scandinavia. His archaeological and environmental research has focused upon the prehistory and paleoecology of northeastern North America, and broader aspects of his research feature the evolution of northern maritime adaptations, circumpolar culture contacts, cross-cultural studies and acculturation processes in the North, especially concerning Native-European contacts.

Recent research efforts have been directed at investigations into the problem of the western penetration of Maritime Archaic, Paleoeskimo and early Inuit cultures along the Lower North Shore of Quebec, and to associate this culture history more closely with Labrador and Newfoundland. Current interests in the origins of reindeer herding have led him to conduct research in Mongolia, where he is investigating reindeer herding in southern Siberia along the forest-steppe border, as well as investigating possible connections between deer-stones and Scythian art to the ancient art of East Asia and the Bering Sea Eskimos.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Dimitri Nakassis.


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