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SUBJECT: Memorial University professor to lecture on the archaeology of Port au Choix
DATE: April 19, 2005

Note to editors:

Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology, Dr. Priscilla Renouf, will deliver a lecture titled Humans on the Landscape: The Archaeology of Port au Choix on Monday, April 25, at Memorial University. The lecture will examine how different prehistoric and historic cultures of Port au Choix situated themselves on the landscape, how they altered it and gave it cultural significance. The lecture will start at 4 p.m. and will be held in room A-1043 of the Arts and Administration Building. Parking is available in Lot 15, across from the School of Music.

Dr. Renouf has conducted research in Labrador, Newfoundland, Arctic Norway and Greenland. For the past several years her research has been situated in Port au Choix, northwestern Newfoundland, where she is reconstructing 5,500 years of human adaptation to a changing environment. Her research has implications for understanding the prehistory of the Canadian Arctic, the Maritimes, and the New England states. Additionally, her research contributes to the comparative anthropology of hunting and gathering peoples. She also co-founded an international research group, called LINK, which consists of a dozen archaeologists working in North Atlantic areas: Labrador, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway. Their purpose is to integrate social and natural science research to address questions of how past human societies in the North Atlantic reacted to long- and short-term climate fluctuations.

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