Stone-Age Norway

Stone-age Norway: Archaeological excavations from the west coast of Norway from the late mesolithic. Tuesday September 25th at 6:30pm.

This is a talk presented by Dr. Colin P. Amundsen on the recent archaeological excavations conducted by field archaeologists at the University of Bergen Museum during the field season of 2012. In western Norway the late mesolithic dates to approximately 6000 to 7000 years ago when the sea level was about 12 to 13 meters higher then the current sea-level. During this period, prior to the onset of agriculture (Neolithic), people were engaged in hunting and fishing. The early results from the current field season brought about some interesting finds rarely recovered from the mesolithic.  Similar to the Midcoast of Maine this region of Norway in Hordland County is dotted with tiny island communities and fishing villages.

Dr. Amundsen currently lives and works in Bergen, Norway but Rockport is his US residence. Raised in Connecticut he attended the University of Maine at Orono for his bachelors in anthropology and then attended the Graduate Center, at the City University of New York for his Ph.D. in anthropology.  His dissertation researched culture contact during late medieval period along the coast of the Barents Sea . He has worked as an arctic archaeologist for the last 15 years working in Labrador, Canada, Iceland and Finnmark, Norway.  For the last 10 years he has been working in Norway’s arctic region and now the west coast.

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