Viking Exploration of the North Atlantic: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Beyond with Dr. Colleen Batey

Viking Exploration of the North Atlantic: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Beyond with Dr. Colleen Batey


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The international explorations of the Vikings have brought much attention and more inaccuracies than can be addressed in a single conversation. There has been exponential growth in our knowledge of the western explorations across the North Atlantic in recent years.

The origins of settlers in both the Faroe Islands and Iceland have been found to be more mixed than simply Norwegians, as slaves and fellow colonists from the British Isles and particularly Ireland were part of this fascinating story. Distinctive graves and settlements, placenames, and genetics all aid our understanding of these complex years from the 9th  to 11th centuries AD. Saga sources have dominated our interpretation of new arrivals and ways of life across the Norse colonies of the North Atlantic, but excavation and climate study are broadening the debate, defining the timeframe and assessing the impact of climatic changes as well as expanding consideration of contact with earlier populations on these island groups.

Wide-ranging studies within the sciences, including genetics and tephrochronology (volcanic ash deposits),  diet, and pathologies, all inform our understanding. Major settlements have been excavated (Toftanes in the Faroe Islands,  Hofstadir and Reykjavik in Iceland, Farm under the Sand in Greenland, and L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland), all of which tell of settlement in new lands and management of scarce resources.

Led by an expert in Viking Archaeology, Dr. Colleen Batey, our conversation will explain some of the major advances in our understanding of the Norse expansion in the North Atlantic. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of the achievements of the Norse and the struggles they overcame to settle remote lands.

Eager to learn more? We invite you to explore The Vikings Home and Away: Scandinavia to the British Isles with Dr. Colleen Batey.

Colleen has been involved in excavation and research of the Vikings for over four decades, chiefly in the Northern Isles of Scotland but also in Iceland. She has published widely and lectured internationally. Having recently retired from the University of Glasgow, she now lives in the Orkney Islands, looking onto Scapa Flow and continues to lecture widely and publish on the Vikings.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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