Monthly Archives: June 2011

From Nanortalik to Herjolfsnæs

After a few days of decompression, I am starting to clear out my notebooks from the ICASS VII trip.  First, the video of the flight over southern Greenland.  This footage was shot on Sunday, 19 June, on the flight from … Continue reading

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Eiríksstaðir

Eiríksstaðir is a remarkable archaeological site halfway up the Haukadalur, a wide fjord in northwest Iceland.  A detailed replica of what Eirík the Red’s long house is supposed to have looked like was constructed in 2000, and according to the … Continue reading

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Guðríðr Þorbjarnardóttir and the site at Glaumbær

Guðríðr Þorbjarnardóttir is thought to be one of the most widely traveled women of the medieval Viking period.  Refused permission by her father to marry the son of  a slave, she married a sailor who was soon lost at sea.  … Continue reading

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Hangin’ with the locals

Walking to the conference site yesterday, I glanced across the Glerá River (the River of Glass) and noticed about a dozen seemingly unattended prams in a field of dandelions. It almost looked like an art installation, since even in Scandinavia, … Continue reading

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Claims on sites and knowledge in the North

Just finished two days of sessions on our theme of “Claims on Sites and Knowledge in Cold Regions. Material and Immaterial Constructs of Nature, Nations and Industry.” The session was organized by Urban Wråkberg and Dag Avango, but unfortunately Dag … Continue reading

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Opening Day

ICASS VII began this morning with a keynote address by the great Icelandic anthropologist Gísli Pálsson. Among his many interesting points related to the historical anthropology of the construction of Icelandic identity, was perhaps the most interesting note that recent … Continue reading

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Arrival in Akureyri

Arrived in the northern Icelandic port of Akureyri this afternoon, after a bus trip from Keflavik that passed through one spectacularly beautiful glacial river valley after another. Like Norway, Iceland is a country that, just when you think it can’t … Continue reading

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