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The geomorphology of Viking and medieval harbours in the North Atlantic



Important description
This PhD project will contribute to a major research programme HaNOA: HÀfen im Nordatlantik / Harbours in the North Atlantic (800–1300 AD) funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and directed by Prof Dr. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim, of the State Archaeological Museum, Schleswig, Germany and Dr. Natascha Mehler, University of Vienna, Austria. HaNOA is part of a large special programme of the DFG on “HÀfen von der Römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter” (Harbours from the Roman Iron Age to the Medieval period) which runs from 2012 to 2018 and includes 16 projects from all of Europe. HaNOA aims to identify robust indicators for the elusive harbours of the Viking Age and Middle Ages in Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Faroe and Shetland.

In mainland Europe almost every important early medieval harbour developed into a town or city, but the situation in the far North Atlantic is very different. In Viking and medieval times the ports of Iceland, Greenland, Shetland and the Faroe Islands were mostly simple landing places used during the summer months. These places did, however, handle trade of considerable value and importance which gives them a special role in the economic history of Northern Europe and the development of the proto-world system that extended into the North Atlantic in the high Middle Ages. At present the identification of North Atlantic landing places is frequently problematic, and in the few cases where archaeological remains are known, we do not know how these ports operated. The HaNOA project aims to develop new methods to strengthen the identification and understanding of these elusive ports. This doctoral project sits within this multidisciplinary, multinational effort and will focus on the geomorphology of putative sites.


Eligibility and other criteria
This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.


Application deadline
*29 April 2013


Additional information, and important URL
Funding Arrangements:
Open for UK nationals and EU nationals who have resided in the UK for the past three years. Full funding is guaranteed for the best UK or EU applicant.



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