Rockport archeologist to present Norway arctic work
Camden — Archeologist Colin Amundsen will present an illustrated lecture on his research in Norway’s Arctic region on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.
During the late medieval period this region of Norway was the focus of intense fishing, trade, tribute collection, and conflict between the newly emerging Norwegian state and the Principality of Novgorod. A noticeable artifact from this period of contact is the presence of several large irregular shaped structures known by historians and archaeologists as the “multi-room houses.”
Amundsen’s talk will highlight the scientific findings from the project that investigated these structures as well as discuss the role archaeologists have within Norway’s planning and regulation laws.
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 bachelor’s in anthropology and then attended the Graduate Center at the City University of New York for his doctorate 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 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. The title of his lecture is “Fishing and the multi-room houses of arctic Norway: Archaeological investigations along the coast of the Barents Sea from the late medieval to the early modern period (1200 to 1600 AD).”