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Symposium: The Vinland Map Rediscovered

September 21

In conjunction with its current exhibition, Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga, Mystic Seaport Museum will gather an international roster of scholars in Mystic, CT, to discuss various aspects of the Vinland Map story, including results of new scientific testing, the map’s role in history and scholarship, medieval Norse sagas, and the archaeology of the only confirmed Viking settlement in North America.

The symposium will be held in the Masin Room of the Thompson Exhibition Building.

9:45-10 a.m. Welcome

  • Nicholas Bell, senior vice president for Curatorial Affairs, Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Raymond Clemens, curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session 1

  • Karen Kupperman, Silver Professor of History (retired), New York University
    “From Speculation to Acceptance: Viking Settlements in North America”
  • Birgitta Wallace, senior archaeologist (retired), Parks Canada
    “L’Anse aux Meadows: The Gateway to Vinland and its People”
  • David Bradbury, independent historian
    “The Vinland Map and the Realities of Expertise”
  • Raymond Clemens, curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
    “The Impact of the Vinland Map on Medieval Cartography”

1:30-3:15 p.m. Session 2

  • Jesse Meyer, co-owner, Pergamena Leather & Parchment
    “Beneath the Ink: What Can We Learn from the Parchment of the Vinland Map?”
  • Paula Zyats, assistant chief conservator, Center for Preservation and Conservation, Yale University Libraries
    “Materials and Techniques of Medieval Manuscripts”
  • Richard Hark, Assistant Conservation Scientist, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, and H. George Foster Professor of Chemistry, Juniata College
    “Navigating the Materiality of the Vinland Map and Associated Manuscripts: New Insights from New Scientific Tools”

This program is made possible through support from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga is made possible through support from:
A grant from the Vietor Family in memory of their father, Alexander O. Vietor
Connecticut Humanities
Anonymous
William H. Donner Foundation
Robert & Cynthia Martin
ABCNEWS VideoSource