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Archaeologist Erlandson talks Vikings: A Slideshow

In Alaskana, UAF on October 20, 2010 at 12:34 am

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On Oct. 14 University of Oregon archaeologist Jon Erlandson discussed his finds while on a series of digs in Iceland during the early 2000’s. He based much of his research on the Sagas of the Icelanders (a collection of stories set in Iceland during the Viking Age) as well as on local farmers testimony which provided clues as to where to dig and why. Erlandson was candid on his role in the dig, stating that he felt he was chosen primarily because of his knowledge in maritime cultures in North America as well as his Scandinavian-sounding name (Erlandson’s father is Norwegian). While in Iceland, Erlandson worked with noted Viking researcher Jesse Byock.

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