Jeffrey Speller


Dr. Véronique Forbes / Dr. Karen Milek (Durham University)


L’Anse aux Meadows, soil/sediment micromorphology, geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology.

Research Statement

My research will focus on the site of L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland. Using soil thin-section analysis (micromorphology) and other geoarchaeological techniques, I will investigate a new archaeological layer, consisting of an apparent trampled surface with charcoal and woodworking debris inclusions, discovered in a peat bog at the site in 2018. I will seek to understand how this layer and the area in which it is located were formed and transformed by human and natural processes, what this implies about the usage of the area and its preservation conditions, and ultimately how it relates to the broader cultural occupation sequence at L’Anse aux Meadows—including both its Norse and Indigenous dimensions.




Department of Archaeology

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