LANDSCAPES CIRCUM-LANDNóM: VIKING SETTLEMENT IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC AND ITS HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES: A MAJOR NEW RESEARCH PROGRAMME
EDWARDS, KEVIN J.. Department of Geography & Environment, University of Aberdeen, UK.
McGovern, Thomas H.. Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, City University New York, USA.
Buckland , Paul C.. Department of Archaeology & Prehistory, University of Sheffield, UK .
Dugmore , Andrew J.. Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK.
Simpson , Ian A.. Department of Environmental Science, University of Stirling, UK.
Sveinbjarnardttir , GuÂrÁn . Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK .
Substantial funding for an interdisciplinary research programme has been made available by a UK-based charity, the Leverhulme Trust. The opportunity is taken here to outline the scope of a programme which is scheduled to last 5 years and will involve research collaboration across nine countries.
The grant will fund an investigation into the human and ecological consequences of Norse settlement in the North Atlantic region. The study will provide a high resolution and comprehensive assessment of what happens environmentally and socially when a group of people colonise 'pristine' landscapes. The project aims to examine the period from ca AD 400 to Landnám (to establish environmental baselines before human settlement), through Landnám (the phase of colonization) and on to ca AD 1500. This interval will permit an assessment of the inter-relationships between human and natural forces upon natural and modified ecosystems in the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland.
Figure 1. The North Atlantic area showing initial research locations in the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland
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