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Lecture: "At the Edge: High Arctic Walrus Hunters during the Little Ice Age" Nov. 1

  • 11/1/2012 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: "At the Edge: High Arctic Walrus Hunters during the Little Ice Age" Nov. 1Bjarne Grønnow of SILA, the Arctic Research Centre at the National Museum of Denmark, will be at Bowdoin College Thursday, November 1, 2012, as a guest of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

Since 2003 Grønnow and a team of archaeologists, ecologists, geographers and zoologists have been studying the natural and cultural history of the icebound coast of northeast Greenland.

His visit will include a public illustrated talk, titled "At the Edge: High Arctic Walrus Hunters during the Little Ice Age," at 7 p.m. in Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center.

The work of Grønnow and the team has revealed the existence of a thriving community of Thule Inuit walrus hunters in a remote northeast Greenland location during a cold spell known at the Little Ice Age, between 150 and 600 years ago. During that time the climate in the region was cold and dry, conditions that favored hunters who depend on the sea ice as a platform for hunting.

Grønnow will describe the rich archaeological record these people left behind and the contributions scientists from many different fields have made to a new understanding of this period.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Lectures and Concerts Committee and the Janet and Russell Doubleday Fund at The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.

For more information call 725-3416 find the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum on Facebook.