Greenland - The Vatnahverfi Project - Settlement, economy, and depopulation.


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Parent Project Details
  
Parent Project Title:The Norse Settlement in the Vatnahverfi Region, South Greenland c. AD 985 - c. AD 1450
Sub Projects: Ø172 Tatsip Ataa Midden Excavation Project - Subsistence Strategies and Economy in Norse Vatnahverfi
Ø68 Timerliit Excavation Project - IPY - 2008

Project Details

Title:Greenland - The Vatnahverfi Project - Settlement, economy, and depopulation.
Permalink:http://www.nabohome.org/cgi-bin/explore.pl?seq=17
Abstract:The aim of the programme is to discuss landnam (landtaking) strategies and the later depopulation in the light of the interplay between the two economic spheres of the Norse Greenland Economy: subsistence based on the resources of the local, settled area in South Greenland and foreing long-distance trade based on the North and East Greeland resources.

Identity, mobility, communication and human strategies are key concepts and focus are on the interaction between humans (action), systems (structure) and environment.

Status Nov. 2009: Except from a few all Norse sites in the Vatnahverfi region have been GPS Surveyed and excavations have been carried out in middens at several farms.

A dating programme of the farms in the area has been initiated. xxxx

Publications:

Madsen, Christian Koch: Får, geder og folde i det norrøne Vatnahverfi. Grønland 1 2008:4-14

Møller, Niels Algreen & Christian Koch Madsen: Med friske skridt i forgængeres fodspor. Grønland 5-6, 2007:306-314

Jane Benarroch: I nordboernes Fodspor (in the footsteps of the Norse). Polarfronten 1/2008

Bishop, Rosie R., Mike J. Church, Andrew J. Dugmore, Phil Clogg, Christian Koch Madsen & Niels A. Møller: Palaeoenvironmental Investigations at Ø69, Greenland. Submitted to JONA – Journal of the North Atlantic.

Uffe Wilken: Mobile nordboer. Polarfronten 1/2010:8-9

Keywords:Norse,Eastern,Settlement,Vatnahverfi,Settlement,Structure,Economy,Identity,Mobility,Communication
Sponsors/Funders: Danish Council for Independent Research Humanities
Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland
National Museum of Denmark
Country:Greenland
Project Start Year:2005

Account Owner

Contact: Jette Arneborg
Postal Address: Frederiksholms Kanal 12
Post Code: DK-1220 COPENHAGEN K
Telephone: +45 3347 3441
Website: http://www.natmus.dk
Email: jette.arneborg@natmus.dk

Project Content

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Niels Algreen Møller & Christian Koch Madsen: Nordboerne i Vatnahverfi. Rapport om rekognoscering og opmåling i Vatnahverfi Sommeren 2005


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Niels Algreen Møller & Christian Koch Madsen: Gård og Sæter, Hus og Fold - Vatnahverfi 2006. Report Vatnahverfi project 2006


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Niels Algreen Møller, Louise Lund Johansen, Christian Koch MAdsen, Louise Felding, Poul Baltzer Heide & Konrad Smiarowski: Vatnahverfi 2007. Udgravninger i norrøne kirkegårde og møddinger. Report - Vatnahverfi 2007


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Vatnahverfi field report 26.6.2009-24.7.2009.


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Norse Coastal Landscapes: Field report on surveys and excavations in the coastal area of Vatnahverfi Summer 2010 [8.74 MB]
The survey and reconnaissance field work in Vatnahverfi, South Greenland, 2010 was the last and final part of two consecutive and linked research projects – “The Vatnahverfi Project” and “Resources, Resilience, and Cultural Identity in Norse Greenland ca.985-1450 A.D.” – both projects investigating medieval Norse habitation and culture in the Vatnahverfi region and both being coordinated from the Danish National Museum by Jette Arneborg from 2005-2010 (see Arneborg et al. 2009, Møller&Madsen 2006, 2008, Møller et al. 2007, Madsen 2009). The field season of 2010 was thus mainly aimed at wrapping up loose ends, i.e. surveying a few, remaining ruin groups of the “Vatnahverfi Peninsula”, reconnoitring unexplored areas, and retrieving datable material from eroding ruins in the coastal area. A part from a few minor investigations/surveys earlier in July and in August, this field work was carried out in the 14 days from the 07.07-21.07 2010 by Poul Baltzer Heide (PBH), Ph.D.-student at the Aarhus University, Christian Koch Madsen (CKM) Ph.D.-student at the Danish National Museum/University of Copenhagen, and Troels Bo Jensen (TBJ), stud.cant.mag. at the University of Aarhus.


icon Vatnahverfi-project and 2008 fieldwork. From the Danish IPY-website POLARFOCUS - in Danish


icon Konrad Smiarowski: Midden Investigations in Vatnahverfi, Greenland 2008 Field Season Preliminary Report


icon Konrad Smiarowski: Greenland 2007 Field Season - Preliminary Report


icon Jane Benarroch: I nordboernes Fodspor (in the footsteps of the Norse). Polarfronten 1/2008


icon Caroline Polke Paulsen, Jette Arneborg, Niels Lynnerup, Christian Koch Madsen & Konrad Smiarowski: Ressources, Mobility , and Cultural Identity in Norse Greenland, Vatnahverfi Project - Report from teh fieldwork 2008


icon Christian Koch Madsen: Norse Coastal Farms. Field Report of a Survey in the Southwest "Vatnahverfi Peninsula" Summer 2009


icon Jette Arneborg: Resources, Mobility, and Cultural Identity in Norse Greenland AD 980-1450. Report from the fieldwork 2008 to The Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland. (In Danish)




Project extent

North East Coordinates: 60.94911°N, 45.21973°W
South West Coordinates: 60.44096°N, 46.18652°W