Archive for the ‘Greenland’ Category

The Presentation page have been updated as well as the purpose page. I have revealed some info about myself and what I’m doing! So check it out here and see the purpose of this network here

What’s the purpose of the Archaeology and Tech Network?

The purpose is to create a bridge between people interested in archaeology, history and technology and make it possible in easy ways to communicate and share ideas and knowledge. Much is happening both in archaeology (including history) as well as in the technology.

The world is becoming more and more digital which is both good and bad…

I want to bring both professionals as well as interested public to this from which all can benefit everyone from computer programmers to iron makers, carbon dating specialists as well as archaeologists or anyone just sharing

the interest!

So please leave comments, get in contact with me and others on the page, let’s get the discussions going and ideas flourishing! And follow us on Twitter archaeologytech and join the Facebook group Archaeology and Tech!

Who is the person behind this site?

My name is Fredrik Larsson 25 years old and currently working as an archaeologist in Sweden. My biggest interests is archaeology, history and technology.

I have studied at Lunds University and have a Master’s degree in Archaeology with focus on Scandinavia from about 15 000 BC to 1050 AD. I also got a Bachelor degree in Historical Archaeology 1050AD-til today.

So I excavate everything there is :D

Thank you for visiting the site! Some parts are still under construction so have some patience and you are more than welcome back, and please leave comments!

Working on some stuff which I can’t reveal just yet but hopefully in the near future!

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Today new exciting evidence about the Saqqaq culture have been revelaed and is the first remains discovered of a human from that culture group. The research professor Bjarne Grønnow at SILA -the Etnographic department at the National museum in Copenhagen have together with a group of scientists discovered a piece of hair 4000 year old.

The hair was found at the settlement at Qeqertasussuk in Greenland and the DNA extracted from hair show some very interesting information and also is an evidence for the theory archaeologists had about the Saqqaq people in Greenland. The theory was that people from Siberia went from Siberia to Greenland about 4000-4500 years ago about 2500 BC. The hair now shows that the Saqqaq and the most related Siberian groups today Chukchi and Koryak splitted at about 5,500 years ago. People came to Greenland and settled in the western part about 4000 years ago.

The owner of the hair was a black-haired, brown-eyed man with the bloodtype A+. Bjarne Grønnow says the most important thing about this new exciting discovery is that the archaeologists now have proof that the first people on Greenland the paleo-eskimoes from what we today call the Saqqaq-culture originated from the eastern part of Siberia. This makes it possible to closer know where the different cultures in Greenland and Siberia was born.

You can read more here from the Nationalmuseum in Copenhagen (it’s in Danish)

and here as well about the DNA-analysis (this is in English)


The drawing is made by Nuka Godfredsen.

He also draws a lot of other motives from Greenland and also is making comic-books to spread the exciting history of Greenland.

You can see his homepage here

I have worked together with SILA in Greenland in 2007. We were a team about 20 people from Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Greenland and Canada. The project was coordinated by the Nationalmuseums in Copenhagen and Nuuk. We excavated soapstone quarries, a settlement from the Saqqaq culture and did many excursions and discovered and registered very many monuments, buildings, soapstone quarries and more from the Saqqaq culture to modern soapstone quarries where the soapstone was cut with chainsaws. It was very exciting and much new knowledge was revelead. We was in the Nuuk-area. Nuuk is the capital of Greenland. We were at the end of the Nuuk-fjord closest to the inland ice. It was a great experience as well as an adventure, living in a tent for 4 weeks, no hot water, musk ox roaming around, climbing in the mountains and much more. I should probably do more posts about this in the future. If you are interested in Artic/Greenlandic archaeology or just a quite different archaeology let me know, what do you find interesting and what would you like to know more about? Or do you have any stories from your work as an archaeologist that differs from most archaeology…

I would like to say a big thank you to all of you out there that have started reading my blog!

I have now had over 100 visitors since the 12th of September when I started this blog. It means much to me and I hope you all will continue to read my blog and I’ll try to continue update it as much as I can.

Feel free  to link to this blog if you got homepages blogs etc and spread the word, I would be really glad if you did.

Feel free also to post comments and give feedback! What is good/bad anything you want to see more of shorter news, longer news other things, site tips etc, I’d really appreciate it alot having a dialog with all of you :D.

Hope you want to keep up your good work reading this blog. I have some planes for the future about it but it requires some planning and my university studies take some time so it might take a while but bare with me.

Looking forward to the future and what it will bring us.

And as a bonus a picture of me behind an iceberg in a survival suit in Greenland summer 2007 (doing excavations)