NABO does not believe its remit is soley to the academic world. We are funded by and work with communities across the North Atlantic. Without this support we could not carry out our research. We are involved in a number of outreach programmes which involve local communities. As well as informing communities of our activities, there are many ways in which local groups and schools can provide crucial support to our research activities.
This video was shot by Regan Alsup and shows the impact of coastal erosion on the archaeology of Brora, Scotland. The SCAPE Trust (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) aims to conserve and promote the archaeology of Scotland's coast. The related SCHARP (Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project) aims to provide opportunties for the public to take part in archaeological and historical exploration and discovery.
A 1 hour 30 minutes BBC4 programme written by Jago Cooper on his research into the collapse of the Easter Island civilisation was broadcast in January. Although the programme is no longer available, there are photographs and clips from the broadcast available on the BBC website.
"This film examines the latest scientific and archaeological evidence to reveal a compelling new narrative, one that sees the famous statues as only part of a complex culture that thrived in isolation. Cooper finds a path between competing theories about what happened to Easter Island to make us see this unique place in a fresh light."
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Icelandic Sagas. First written down in the 13th century, the sagas tell the stories of the Norse settlers of Iceland, who began to arrive on the island in the late 9th century. They contain some of the richest and most extraordinary writing of the Middle Ages, and often depict events known to have happened in the early years of Icelandic history, although there is much debate as to how much of their content is factual and how much imaginative. Full of heroes, feuds and outlaws, with a smattering of ghosts and trolls, the sagas inspired later writers including Sir Walter Scott, William Morris and WH Auden.
The contributors include Emily Lethbridge Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Árni Magnússon Manuscripts Institute in Reykjavík, who has developed an interactive map of place names mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. Also read her Saga-Steads blog of her journey around Iceland.
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).
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.