Kevin McAleese to Present “Full Circle – First Contact: Vikings & Skraelings in Newfoundland & Labrador

Lecture to be held Monday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room

24 February, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Kevin McAleese, museum interpreter at Provincial Museum in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will present “Full Circle – First Contact: Vikings & Skraelings in Newfoundland & Labrador,” on Monday, Feb. 27, at The College of Wooster. McAleese’s lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception will follow.

McAleese will examine how the arrival of the Norse at L’Anse aux Meadows in northern Newfoundland ca. AD 1000 was a significant event in world history. Not only is it likely the earliest European settlement in North America, but it culminated humanity’s long settlement journey out of Africa which began hundreds of thousands of years earlier. During the “Viking Age”, Norse from Europe/Iceland/Greenland met with aboriginal/first nations residents at/near L’Anse aux Meadows. This site of “first contact” happened between the descendants of the people who turned left out of Africa, so to speak, and those who turned right. The “Full Circle” process of global settlement is reviewed, leading up to the discovery of L’Anse aux Meadows.
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