The Search for a Past: The Prehistory of the Indigenous Saami in Northern Coastal Sweden
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Dr. Noel Broadbent, project PIDr. Noel D. Broadbent, PI

Smithsonian Institution
Department of Anthropology/Arctic Studies, National Museum of Natural History (MRC 112)
10th & Constitution Washington DC 20013-7012

Professor Broadbent is an Archaeologist with the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History. His speciality is Nordic and Circumpolar prehistory. He has also conducted projects in historic archaeology in Antarctica and in Svalbard. He served as Academic Chair of the Department of Archaeology at Umeå University in Sweden (1996-2003) and was the Director of the Center for Arctic Cultural Research at this same institution (1983-1989). He was also the first Program Director of the Arctic Social Science Program at NSF (1991-1997). His current research project is supported by a three year grant from the US National Science Foundation.



Dr. Jan Stora, ArcheozoologistDr. Jan Storå

Dr. Jan Storå of Stockholm University is an expert on animal osteology, especially seals. He has already completed an extensive analysis of bones excavated in the Seal Hunting Cultures Project . He will be involved in further analyses and also carry out extensive comparisons with other osteological collections from the Bothnia region. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Stockholm,was entitled Reading Bones. Stone Age Hunters and Seals in the Baltic (2001).



Britta Wennstedt-Edvinger, PhD CandidatePhD Candidate
Britta Wennstedt

Britta has worked as an archaeologist at county museums in northern Sweden, for the the Archaeo-logical Survey of the Central Board of Antiquities and as an instructor in archaeology at the Mid- Sweden University in Östersund. She has worked as an archaeology consultant since 2000 through her own firm, Arkeologicentrum. Britta's primary research interests are (pre) history, boreal and alpine hunters, fishers and reindeer herders in Scandinavia. She has published articles on mountain Saami prehistory, stone age rock art, archaeological methodology and Saami bear ceremonialism. In the Search for a Past Project she is studying Saami landscape history, Saami ritual sites and Saami bear ceremonialism.



Kahterine Rusk, D. PhilKatherine Rusk, D. Phil.
Arctic Studies Center, NMNH
Smithsonian Institution

Kat Rusk recently received her D. Phil. from University of York, England. The title of herthes is Shall We Abide Here? Site Selection Criteria of the Eastern Settlement of Norse Greenland: A Case Study of Qorlortup Valley, was an examination of the settlement pattern around Eric the Red's farm at Brattahlid to see why he chose this area during the initial settlement period. After extensive field survey and subsequent GIS analysis, she found the most likely explanantion for the location of Norse farms in the landscape was exposure , to sunlight during winter, not as others had suggested, the proximity of sheep pasture.


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