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!