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"The People of Vinland (Newfoundland) in the Viking Age" Lecture by Kevin McAleese

Kevin McAleese is with the Provincial Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador (The Rooms in St. John's), where he was the Curator of Archaeology and Ethnology for over 18 years.  He holds his degrees from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Simon Fraser University, and his areas of specialization include the Norse in the North Atlantic (including interactions with Skraelings and the saga history of Vinland), the early settlement history of Iceland, Greenland, and Vinland, and the late prehistory of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has conducted fieldwork in Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, and Iceland.  

The arrival of the Norse at L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland ca. AD 1000 culminated humanity’s long settlement journey out of Africa. Not only is L’Anse aux Meadows the earliest known European settlement in North America, but it is also the first recorded site where people who turned left out of Africa met up with people who turned right. In this lecture, McAleese will review the pertinent sections of the Norse Sagas referencing the Skraelings, as well as the archaeological evidence for these people. He will discuss the “Full Circle” process of global settlement up to the discovery of L’Anse aux Meadows, review the settlement history of L’Anse aux Meadows as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and describe briefly the lifeways of current residents. 


Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

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McAlpine, Melanie J