The arrival of the Norse at L'Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland around 1000 A. D. is likely the earliest European settlement  in North America.  L'Anse aux Meadows is the first recorded site where during the Viking Age people who turned left out of Africa met up with people who turned right.  The speaker will review the "Full Circle" process of global settlement and present the archaeology of the different people referred to as the Skraelings in the Norse Sagas--the aboriginal residents at L'Anse aux Meadows.  A UNESCO world heritage site, L'Anse aux Meadows residents continue their local way of life.  The speaker will conclude the lecture with a discussion of additional sites which appear to belong to the  Viking Age.

May 19, 2018 - Dr. Andy Hemmings
Discussion: Ongoing Work at the Vero Site, a Palaeondian Site in Florida​


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ORKNEY ISLANDS, SCOTLAND—Bones discovered in Neolithic tombs on the Orkney Islands tend to be mixed together in a way that make them seem unconnected. But, according to a report from BBC News, a new study suggests there is more order to the collections than meets the eye. Based on her analysis of the bones, archaeologist Rebecca Crozier of the University of Aberdeen has concluded that complete bodies were likely deposited in the chambered structures and then taken apart later. “When we look at these assemblages we're finding that all the elements of the human body—so, every single bone—is present at some level within the tomb," Crozier said. She believes that people may have gone into the tombs after the burial and dismembered the bodies, possibly to help ensure that all the remains in a given tomb decayed at the same rate. To read in-depth about archaeology on the Orkney Islands, go to “Neolithic Europe's Remote Heart.”​


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Orkney’s Neolithic Burials Revisited

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018 - by Rebecca Crozier

Research on Neolithic-era remains discovered in the Orkney Islands suggests that people at the time entered tombs after burial and dismembered bodies that were interred intact, possibly to help ensure that all the remains in a given tomb decayed at the same rate.


Dr. Hemmings will give a presentation regarding recent archaeological work at Vero Beach and Wakulla Spring.  This work has shed new light on Terminal Pleistocene environments, highlighted important differences across the state, and broadened our understanding of how some of Florida’s first peoples survived and thrived on that rather alien landscape.  He will also discuss some additional thoughts regarding fruitful future lines of inquiry.

April 21, 2018 - Kevin McAleese

Full Circle - First Contact: Vikings and Skraelings in Newfoundland and Labrador