Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Lectures in Peterborough This Week

If anyone is in the Peterborough area over the next couple of days...

I will be giving two evening lectures this week;

TUESDAY - November 21
Peterborough Public Library
7:30 PM - Lower Level
for the Peterborough Historical Society

'Vikings West to Vinland'

One thousand years ago the first Europeans sailed west from Iceland, to Greenland and eventually on to the territory they called Vinland. Who were these people, and how were they able make such a voyage? What did the Norse see there that made them pick this spot for their outpost? Today we can travel east to that same spot, the tip of Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula at L'Anse aux Meadows. What will we see there today that proves that this is the site of 'Leif's Houses'? Explore an archaeological puzzle through images and examine replica objects with Viking Age specialist Darrell Markewitz.

WEDNESDAY - November 22
Catherine Par Trail College - Trent University
about 7:00 PM - Room 102
for the Society for Creative Anachronism

"Iron in the Middle Ages'

How was iron manufactured from raw ore in the Middle Ages. How did the blacksmith then transform it to useful objects. Just what was the typical smith making? Our examination of artifacts and replicas will centre on just what kind of objects are most useful in re-creating daily life of the Medieval period. A special focus will be the most recent experimental iron smelts by the Dark Ages Re-creation Company.

I believe both lectures are open in interested members of the general public. Hope to see you there...

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