Welcome to NABO
NABO was founded over 20 years ago to attempt to cross-cut national and disciplinary boundaries and to help North Atlantic scholars make the most of the immense research potential of our damp and lovely research area. NABO has worked to aid in improving basic data comparability, in assisting practical fieldwork and interdisciplinary ventures, in promoting student training, and in better communicating our findings to other scholars, funding agencies, and the general public.
Tom McGovern gave the 2013 Stefansson Memorial Lecture at Dartmouth College on Tuesday, 29th October.
This event was co-sponsored by the Dickey Center's Institute of Arctic Studies and the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Iceland. The Stefansson Memorial Lecture is an annual event established by the Stefansson Arctic Institute honoring the legacy of arctic explorer, anthropologist, and former Dartmouth faculty member Vilhjálmur Stefánsson (1879-1962).
The Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas (IEM) project, which aims to link literary and historical studies of the Sagas to environmental records, has launched its own webpages. IEM aims to bring together scholars working on Icelandic/Scandinavian/North Atlantic history, literature, archaeology, environment, and climatic change. Further details are available from the NABO IEM and the Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) websites.
This excellent video was produced by Søren Bruun, The Compound, for the The National Museum of Denmark and was funded by the Danish IPY-National Committee. More details on The Vatnahverfi Project can be found on the NABO website.
| Greenland Isotope Project: Diet in Norse Greenland AD 1000–AD 1450
Journal of the North Atlantic Special Volume No. 3 presents one of the most comprehensive studies to date of the food consumption and dietary economy of a historical population based on stable isotope analysis. The Norse Greenlanders are in this respect particularly of interest because their settlements in Greenland were constrained chronologically (ca. 500 years) and physically (the pasture lands of Southwestern Greenland). Archaeological efforts in Greenland have very likely uncovered all the settlement areas, including churches and cemeteries; thus, we can be reasonably assured that while new finds of, e.g., farmsteads may appear in future, the overall picture of the Norse settlements is pretty much fixed.
A lot of new data has been added to our Project Management System, including several new Scottish sites, more Icelandic project and the addition of sites further south in Antigua and Barbuda and Cuba.
We have created a Project Management System, where NABO projects can be entered by researchers, displayed on a map and content made available to others. Please check out this new feature here or use the projects link above.
If you wish to enter data into the system, you must first register but no registration is needed to search for projects and download data.
Gavin Lucas and Fornleifastofnun Íslands have received the DV Cultural Award for The Hofstaðir. Excavations of a Viking Age Feasting Hall in North-Eastern Iceland monograph. The jury's comments follow: "In 1992 started a large scale archaeological excavation at Hofstaðir near Mývatn, NE-Iceland. The work continued for over a decade. The results have now been presented in a very detailed and elegantly presented monograph. This works offers many new insights into the Viking period in Iceland, the nature of the Settlement and the interplay between man and nature in 9th-11th century Iceland".
Andy Henry as part of his MSc in GIS at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh has created an Internet-based GIS using Google Earth. Modern, historical and modelled data from Mývatnssveit (Iceland) are visualised and can be queried using our new VISQUE system. This is a proof of concept to show that Google Earth can used as an Internet GIS. Full details are available at our VISQUE site.
The NABO community is constantly producing material for publication and wider outreach. This ranges from material submitted to peer-reviewed academic journals, books chapters, monographs, excavation reports, laboratory reports, magazine articles and many others. These cover the North Atlantic region and also Barbuda in the Caribbean.
Excavation and laboratory reports appear on this website as soon as they are completed. To access these PDFs please go to the publications section or click one of the most recent additions to the right.
Surviving Sudden Environmental Change: Answers from Archaeology.
The University Press of Colorado have just published a new book on how the archaeological record can help us to understand how we can cope with sudden environmental change. This book arose out of the October 2009 meeting in Maine, which lead to the creation of GHEA and this is the first major publication from our group.
The editors, Jago Cooper and Payson Sheets, have brought together authors from a wide variety of backgrounds to contribute to this publication. It is available to buy for only $19.99, but it can be downloaded for free as a PDF from The University Press of Colorado
This will hopefully be the first of many collaborative publications from the GHEA community. Feel free to join GHEA here.
Kids Archaeology School
The Kids' Archaeology School (Fornleifaskóli barnanna) was formally established in the spring of 2007 and has since grown in scope and aim.
Icelandic television RUV news report [29/06/2011]
The Kids archaeology program is now a key part of the Historical Ecology: Islands of Change Initiative, funded in part by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs in the USA. This collaboration allows Icelandic students to interact through organized activities with students in in New York, Greenland, Orkney, Faroes, Norway, Antigua/Barbuda, Curacao and Bonaire.
The latest report on The Kids Archaeology Program (Fornleifaskóli barnanna) by Sif Jóhannesdóttir and Unnsteinn Ingason is now available.
FSÍ Donation to NABO
At the 2009 Viking Congress held in Reykjavik and Reykholt The Institute of Archaeology (Fornleifastofnun Íslands) (FSÍ) made a major donation to the NABO website data project of over 20 years of research amounting to over 300 survey and excavation reports in downloadable pdf format. Recent months have seen 70 sites/projects and 130 reports loaded into our system, they can be accessed here .
We would like to gratefully acknowledge this generous gift of hard won data by FSÍ to the Icelandic nation and to the international community and we look forward to working with them in the future to provide updates to this impressive body of information.
| Norse Greenland: selected papers from the Hvalsey Conference 2008
The Journal of the North Atlantic has recently published the book Norse Greenland – selected papers from the Hvalsey Conference 2008. Editors are Jette Arneborg, Georg Nyegaard and Orri Vésteinsson. The book is about 200 pages and includes 16 papers on various aspects of the Norse settlement in Greenland. For those interested in purchasing a copy of the book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launch of the GHEA website
October 2010 saw the launch of our sister GHEA website. The Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance (GHEA) is an organization of social scientists, natural scientists, historians, educators, students, policy makers, and others interested in promoting cutting-edge research, education, and application of the socioecological dynamics of coupled human and natural systems across scales of space and time.
As of March 2012 there are now over 130 members, to join this dynamic group visit http://www.gheahome.org.
International Polar Year
NABO members were very active during IPY on the national and international scale, and major funding was secured from Danish, Canadian, and US sources for an ambitious effort to continue and expand NABO collaboration with a special NABO IPY Project: Long Term Human Ecodynamics in the Norse North Atlantic: cases of sustainability, survival, and collapse. This project was funded at just over US$ 900,000 and had fieldwork seasons 2008-10 in the Shetlands, Faroes, Iceland, and SW Greenland.
More details of our involvement in International Polar Year can be found here.
NABO is not all about the northern North Atlantic. We are also active in the Caribbean. Our work in Barbuda began in 2000 with CUNY archaeologists and an international team of environmental researchers, in collaboration with the Antigua & Barbuda scholars and agencies and by the invitation of Dr. Reg Murphy (head of archaeology for National Parks Antigua and Barbuda). Reports on our work in Barbuda are available here.
NABONE 9 th Edition
This recording manual is the 9th working version of the NABO Zooarchaeology Working Group Data Records Project, authorized by the January 1997 working group meeting in New York City. The basic structure follows James Rackham's database (Microsoft Access) with some changes and clarifications for North Atlantic applications
The NABONE system consists of this coding manual, a developed Microsoft Access database with useful queries and reports, and an Excel spreadsheet set providing analytic output similar to the old Hunter College QBONE system.
This recording manual is available here
Our multinational and multidisciplinary nature means that we publicise our activities as widely as possible. Please let us know if you have any queries about anything on this website and especially if you feel you can contribute.