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Concluding Seminar of the Rangifer Domus Project

30 November - 03 December 2014

A concluding seminar for the Rangifer Domus project will be held 30 November to 3 December at the Burn (Glenesk, Brechin, Angus).

A concluding seminar of the Rangifer Domus project will be held 30 November to 3 December at The Burn, in Angus county, Scotland. 

Event Background

This is the concluding meeting of our network, which set for itself the aim of  expanding the range of several Nordic methods of discussing Rangifer domestication to new settings outside of the Nordic regions.  We featured four fields (1) ethnography/env history (2) genetics (3) environmental archaeology (4) osteology.  Over the course of the network we held several group meetings, organized many small visits to gather samples, and three ‘field seminars’ where we thought about how best to apply methods to new contexts. This meeting has three goals:

  • To report on or share our experiences in the field seminars and lab visits with the rest of the group;
  • Present on work that is in press or being submitted for publication;
  • Talk about future collaborations and research, which thanks to funding from the ERC and from the JPI Climate initiative, which give us the luxury of taking the research forward.

The two day seminar will be made up of formal 20 minute presentions and informal round-table meetings.

This event is co-sponsored by ERC 295458 Arctic Domus

Project Background

Domestic reindeer and wild migratory reindeer/caribou are a key species in the circumpolar Arctic in more ways than one.  Historically, people came to know and to rely on this species as they made homes for themselves in the North.  Politically, relationships to the lands that hold reindeer are a key defining feature of many indigenous societies today.   With support from the NordForsk Foundation, this two year network-building project will query the difference between so-called ‘domestic’ and ‘wild’ forms of this species asking if the difference is really so great.  The network will build upon recent developments at Scandinavian institutions investigating the genetic differences between these population, botanical and environmental markers of human-Rangifer relations, and the ethnography of how indigenous people understand this species.   The network is made up of 17 participants in Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Canada, and the Russian Federation.  The project organized five network meetings where these new methods will be compared and applied to new settings.  The project also organized three ‘field seminars’ and several laboratory visits where new sites and samples were compared and evaluatued.

Venue: The Burn http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk/about-us


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