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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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February 27th 2013:Recent Developments in the North Atlantic Archaeology

The archaeology of northern, cold climate environments is often considered a world onto itself. Recently, the regions of the North Atlantic have emerged as critical barometers in assessing patterns of human adaptation to climatic and landscape change. This is because of the unique utility of such environments to preserve records of ecological transition. The Greenland ice cores have arguably furnished the most complete archive of climate change in the world. Human settlements in these stark landscapes are diagnostic indicators of whether humans could survive climatic stress or not. The questio

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Dr. Thomas McGovern

Dr. Thomas McGovern is Professor of Archaeology at City University of New York Graduate Center and Hunter College. He received his PhD at Columbia University in 1979. Dr. McGovern specializes in zooarchaeology and has extensive fieldwork experience in North America, Europe, E. Arctic and Caribbean with a major focus on the European expansion of the Viking Age (c 800-1000 CE) into a very diverse set of North Atlantic island ecosystems and the subsequent dynamics of human impact, climate change, and inter-cultural contacts. He is one of the founders of the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) and its coordinator since 1992. He also directs the Hunter College Zooarchaeology lab, and i
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