Kevin Philbrook Smith

Kevin Philbrook Smith

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University, Providence, RI

Deputy Director/Chief Curator

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Published on Dec 14, 2018

Radio silence doesn't mean "no science"!

In late July, Chris Wolff (University at Albany, Anthropology) and I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spent a remarkable week working in Parks Canada's collections center on the collections from L...

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Published on Jul 15, 2018

Heading out in a week! What do we hope to achieve?

One week from today Chris Wolff and I leave for Halifax to start work on L'Anse aux Meadows' lithic collections? What do we hope to achieve in just a week?We have three main goals for next week's w...

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Published on Jul 09, 2018

Ch, ch, ch, changes! (but forward!)

Scheduling conflicts and a minor health issue have required us to change the dates of our work at Parks Canada's Archaeology Laboratory, outside of Halifax, from late June to the end of July and to...

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Published on May 13, 2018

What was Vínland, Where Is It Mentioned, and Why Focus on L'Anse aux Meadows?

Vínland is the name that was given to one of three "lands" to the west of Greenland that were discovered by Viking Age Norse explorers from Iceland and Greenland around 1000 AD. These were parts of...

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Published on May 03, 2018

How can we identify a fire starter fragment?

L'Anse aux Meadows was occupied by First Nations groups before and after the short interval around 1000 AD when Viking Age Norse explorers used the site. For nearly 7,000 years, ancestral First Nat...

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