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Spitsbergen 79

8 December 2019 t/m 1 March 2020
Spitsbergen 79

In 1979 the first externally financed expedition of the University of Groningen, led by Louwrens Hacquebord, left for Amsterdam Island near Spitsbergen. As part of the Arctic Centre Groningen they conducted research into the stay of seventeenth century whalers and the influence of the Dutch Whaling industry on the arctic surroundings.

Forty years later we look back on this remarkable project with never before published photographs by expedition member and scientific photographer Ben Bekooy.

  • Listen to the RUG-podcast 'In Science' (in Dutch) in which archeologist Louwrens Hacquebord talks about this first archeological expedition to Spitsbergen he organised for the University of Groningen.


Wednesday 26 February, 12 - 1 p.m., Lunch lecture by prof.dr. Harro Meijer on Climate Change (in English)

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