May 31: Reconstructing the Ancient Viking Colonies

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
May 31, 2022, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Douglas Bolender, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor at the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research and the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston)

Norsemen/Viking seafarers navigated unpredictable waters to create colonies in remote lands. Dr. Bolender explains how archaeologists reconstruct the far-flung settlements in Greenland, Iceland and elsewhere. The ancient ruins suggest how the Norsemen/Vikings adapted to new territories and transformed the environment in ways still felt today. Dr Bolender discusses the known settlements and also the question of Viking settlements in North America.