This lecture will explore the little-known story of the dramatic Viking/Norse expansion across the North Atlantic from 850-1000 CE, and the explorations and settlement in Greenland and Northeastern North America. Dr. Fitzhugh will help to correct popular beliefs about "Vikings" in North America in contrast with new archaeological evidence from Arctic and Subarctic regions where Norse contact occurred with Native Americans--both Inuit and Indian. In addition, the likely cases of failure of the western Norse colonies will be discussed along with the implications for future human arctic endeavors.
This lecture will be held in Old Main Chapel. A link to the campus map can be found here: Old Main Chapel.