The Ship that Changed the World: Archaeology on Gribshunden, a 1495 Royal Danish Ship of Discovery
The sea floor is an enormous library of human history. The “books” are millions of shipwrecks, preserving the past in veritable time capsules. Technology delivers access to this archive, through wearable submarines, robotic systems and technical diving. Archaeology is the lens through which the “pages” in these books sharpen into focus, by studying artifacts with methods as varied as ancient DNA analysis, tree ring chronology studies, and kinetic experimental archaeology.
Welcome to a Crafoord seminar with Brendan Foley, a researcher in Maritime Archaeology at the Lund University Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. He will present some exciting technologies and methods and describe how they have opened new vistas on the past, and how they are being applied to a current Lund University archaeology project: the excavation of Gribshunden the late medieval flagship of Danish King Hans. The warship sank near Karlskrona in 1495 while Hans was en route to a diplomatic summit to unify Scandinavia. Gribshunden was a symbol of the new nation-state. Everything aboard the ship was intended to impress and intimidate Hans’ rivals.
Recovered artifacts include luxury foods for feasting, new weapon types and armor from professional mercenaries, and personal possessions of the king’s noble retinue. On a larger stage, the vessel embodied the ambitions of European rulers.
The Craford seminars is a series of lunch seminars which highlight the research which have received funding from The Crafoord Foundation and is a collaboration between Lund University, The Crafoord Foundation and Lund City library.
The seminars are free and open to the public. No registration needed.
The seminar begins with a presentation of The Crafoord Foundation, and ends with a short Q&A with the public.