Archaeologies of Antarctica:
excavating the 1908 Solglimt shipwreck survivor’s camp on Marion Island
Jaco Boshoff and Sven Ouzman, Iziko Archaeology, Social History Collections Department
This preliminary results presentation of an NRF-funded investigation about how, Norwegian sealing ship the Solglimts’ crew survived in hostile conditions, builds on previous work conducted by Iziko Archaeology on the wreck.
Comparisons of on-the-ground artefactual evidence against written and archival records such as newspaper reports, survivor’s diaries, court documents, and ship manifests - a trip to Norway to interview descendants of the Solglimt crew, as well as an investigation of the survivors’ camp using magnetometer survey and excavation provide a better understanding of human adaptability in extreme environments.
The project will also produce an integrated management plan for the much-neglected cultural history of the Prince Edward Islands.
Date: 29 May 2013
Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum, Queen Victoria St. Cape Town.
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