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Third Annual Alumni and Friends Fund of MSU Archaeology Invited Lecture – Greg Hare “The Yukon Ice Patch Project – Ancient Artifacts Melting from Alpine Ice”

March 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for the Third Annual Alumni and Friends of MSU Archaeology Invited Lecture.

In 1997, a fortuitous discovery in the mountains of southern Yukon began a new chapter of scientific research in that territory. Ancient caribou remains and prehistoric hunting technology were found melting from a small patch of alpine ice. Since that time, hundreds of ancient, organic artifacts and the bones of many alpine animals have been recovered from melting ice atop dozens of Yukon mountains. Some specimens have been dated at more than 9,000 years old. These artifacts are preserved because of a delicate balance between seasonal snow accumulation and summer melting. Multidisciplinary investigations are being carried out on the ice patches by a variety of academic, government and First Nation researchers. This presentation will provide an update and overview of one of North America’s unique scientific and heritage research projects.

Join us for a public reception in advance of Greg Hare’s talk from 4:30-5:30 in International Center 303. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Greg Hare is the former Yukon Archaeologist and Senior Projects Archaeologist with the Government of Yukon, Canada. He recently retired after 30 years of service. During that time, he was involved in a variety of archaeology projects but his research for the past 20 years was been primarily focused on the Yukon Ice Patch Project, a multidisciplinary research initiative taking place in the mountains of southern Yukon. The project is a collaboration between the Yukon government and six Yukon First Nations, combining community based research interests with ground-breaking archaeological discoveries. 

Ice patch research in Yukon is part a newly emerging field of study known as glacial archaeology, practiced in numerous circumpolar and other countries.

The Yukon ice patches have recently been added to Canada’s tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Greg is an editor of the Journal of Glacial Archaeology, Sheffield, U.K. and in 2012 he was program chair for  Frozen Pasts – the 3rd International Glacial Archaeology Conference, in Whitehorse Yukon.

He studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of Victoria and University of Alberta, Canada and lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.




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