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Beyond the Historian’s Traditional Toolbox: What Archaeology, Lidar, and Chemical Residues Can Teach Us About the Year 1000

Beyond the Historian’s Traditional Toolbox: What Archaeology, Lidar, and Chemical Residues Can Teach Us About the Year 1000

Presentation by Valerie Hansen

Given online by Yale University, on September 17, 2020

The traditional focus of historians on written documents often results in greater attention to literate societies, but scientific breakthroughs in recent years have underpinned multiple discoveries about societies with little or no documentation. Some of the most exciting discoveries concern the voyages of the Malayo-Polynesians from the Malay peninsula to Madagascar, Hawaii, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), and New Zealand, the extent of Angkor Wat, and the opening of overland routes across the Americas. This talk will introduce some of the new technologies discussed in Hansen’s book, The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World—and Globalization Began.

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You can learn more about Valerie Hansen in this episode of The Medieval Podcast

Top Image: Map of the world around the year 900 – Javierfv1212 / Wikimedia Commons

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