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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Christopherson Knott Fellow's Seminar - ‘Structures’ and the archaeology of coastal erosion in the North Atlantic islands

21st November 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Dr Mike Church (Durham University)

Abstract

Coastal erosion is revealing thousands of archaeological sites across the North Atlantic islands of Atlantic Scotland, Faroes, Iceland and Greenland. Though the erosion is destroying the sites, it is also an opportunity for archaeologists to investigate deeply stratified sites with small excavation teams. However, these so-called ‘tapestry excavations’ present specific interpretive challenges for archaeologists. Some of these challenges are explored with reference to recent research on coastal erosion sites in Faroes and the Western Isles of Scotland that are revealing new evidence on the early human settlement of the North Atlantic.

Places are limited at these lunchtime seminars and so any academic colleagues interested in attending, should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.