Prof. Peter Jordan, director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen, will present the next seminar in the Archaeology Research Seminars, 'Who owns Arctic Cultural Heritage?'
The Arctic has some of the most extreme environments in the world, yet has been occupied by humans for thousands of years. The rich prehistory of the polar regions is defined by a series of dramatic population expansions, cultural replacements and regional abandonments, many of which are linked to climatic changes. In historical periods, European discovery voyages led to exploitation of walrus, whales and mineral resources, and the establishment of settlements, shipping routes and new nations. Scientists followed, establishing research stations, and by the mid 20th C, the Arctic was the scene of armed conflicts and forced labour camps. This rich history of human occupation leaves a diverse legacy of material remains, but who owns this Arctic cultural heritage, what can it do for ‘us’. How is heritage threatened by current Arctic developments, including the explosion of tourism and accelerating climate change?
This research seminar is open to all.
Location: Belle van Zuylenzaal, University Library.