October Meeting Announcement


Join us this Fri­day, Octo­ber 23rd at 7:00pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan cam­pus for our Octo­ber Meet­ing.  Our speak­er will be Liam Lani­gan. Liam’s talk is called “Fam­i­ly Plot: On-going Research from the Medieval Ceme­tery at Hof­s­taðir, Ice­land”.

Liam Lani­gan received his BSc Hon­ours in Archae­ol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan in 2010, before com­plet­ing an MSc in Skele­tal and Den­tal Bioar­chae­ol­o­gy at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. He has worked both com­mer­cial­ly and on research exca­va­tions in Ice­land, the Unit­ed King­dom, and Cana­da. As an archae­ol­o­gist, his inter­ests are Medieval and Viking Age archae­ol­o­gy in the North Atlantic and as a bioar­chae­ol­o­gist, his inter­ests include oral and cran­io­fa­cial pathol­o­gy, dietary recon­struc­tion, and neo­plas­tic and con­gen­i­tal con­di­tions. For the future Liam hopes to get involved with pro­teom­ic research in Den­mark before pur­su­ing a Ph.D.

After a decade of work, the exca­va­tions at the farm-based ceme­tery of Hof­s­taðir, in north­east Ice­land, came to a close this sum­mer. This pre­sen­ta­tion will explore the nature of the archae­ol­o­gy and its impor­tance, as well as dis­cussing some on-going and pre­lim­i­nary research on the skele­tal remains of the medieval inhab­i­tants of the farm. Focus will be on palaeode­mo­graph­ics, oral health and dis­ease, the hered­i­tary nature of osteoarthri­tis and the archae­ol­o­gy of age­ing, and palaeopathol­o­gy with­in the con­text of the Ice­landic expe­ri­ence in the Mid­dle Ages.

All are wel­come to attend!