Marine Ventures Symposium: Vignett

  • Participants of the Marine Ventures International Symposium 2013, at Dokkhuset in Trondheim. Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet

  • Morning session of the second symposium day. Amanda Crompton presents her paper. Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet

  • A keen symposium audience, including Knut Andreas Bergsvik. Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet

  • Conversation in-between sessions. Geoff Bailey, Birgitte Skar and Hein B. Bjerck. Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet

Dear colleagues,

Once again, thanks for all interesting contributions to the Marine Ventures International Symposium. Since then, we have found a worthy publisher for the proceedings, and 24 of the 28 presentations at the symposium are now ready to go in the volume,

Bjerck, Hein B., Heidi M. Breivik, Silje E. Fretheim, Ernesto L. Piana, Birgitte Skar, Angélica M. Tivoli, A. Francisco J. Zangrando (eds.). 2015. Marine Ventures: Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations. Proceedings from the Marine Ventures Int. Symposium in Trondheim 2013. Sheffield: Equinox.

We are aiming at a full color production in a "A4-ish" format that will do justice to your many exquisite illustrations.


Marine Ventures International Symposium 2013: Diversity and Dynamics in the Human-Sea Relation

Trondheim, Norway October 2-6, 2013

Hosted by
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University Museum (NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet)


The Marine Ventures International Symposium aims to promote a dialogue between colleagues working in these main fields: a) initial developments and further elaboration of marine foraging; b) technological and logistical implications of travelling by sea; and, c) interrelations between social and cognitive systems, settlement patterns and subsistence of marine hunter-gatherers. These fields of research are a fruitful meeting place for different competencies, methodologies and theoretical traditions. We hope that the Symposium will reflect this scientific diversity.  Funding for publication (Equinox, UK) of the Symposium proceedings is secured by the grant from the Research Council of Norway, and a publication date of 2015 is expected.


Dokkhuset, Trondheim. Photo: Arild Schei

The Marine Ventures International Symposium took place at Dokkhuset in Trondheim, Norway, and was arranged by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet) in cooperation with the Department of Anthropology of CADIC-CONICET in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

The Symposium was part of the project «Marine Ventures. Comparative perspectives on the dynamics of early human approaches to the seascapes of Tierra del Fuego and Norway», which is financed by the Latin America Program of the Research Council of Norway, and focuses on similarities and differences in cultural developments in two coastal areas on different sides of the world, but also with many common features: Seascapes of Patagonia and Scandinavia.

Scientific committee:

  • Geoff Bailey (UK)
  • Hein B. Bjerck (Norway)
  • Hans Peter Blankholm (Norway)
  • Charlotte Damm (Ireland)
  • Jon Erlandson (USA)
  • Dominique Legoupil (France)
  • Luis A. Orquera (Argentina)
  • Ernesto L. Piana (Argentina)
  • Priscilla Renouf (Canada)


Symposium participants were invited to the Marine Ventures Exhibition, which presented a comparative perspective on the archaeology and history of Norwegian and Patagonian seascapes. Due to Pleistocene glaciations, the natural history, seascapes and marine biotopes are comparable. Nevertheless, Norway and Tierra del Fuego have followed different lines of cultural development. The exhibition centered on the similarities and differences between these regions, with a focus on the development and dynamics of marine foraging. Differences in scientific approaches and available source material are other aspects that are highlighted. The exhibition was shown at the NTNU University Museum in Trondheim June 2013 – June 2015.

Photos from the opening of the exhibition.


A seven-hour sea-voyage through a variety of Norwegian seascapes: the Trondheim fjord, the inner coastline along the mainland – a protected channel behind an almost unbroken succession of mountainous islands and skerries and, finally, the outer coast of Northwest Norway. We stayed the night in the town of Kristiansund, situated on several small islands. In the Kristiansund area, visits a variety of cultural sites and monuments, with the main focus on marine hunter gatherers. Further, excursion by bus along the Atlanterhavsveien, voted among the world's most beautiful drives, with its seven bridges arching between the islets and skerries on the edge of the ocean.


  • Silje E. Fretheim, Head (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Hein B. Bjerck (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Angélica M. Tivoli (CADIC-CONICET)
  • Atilio Francisco Zangrando (CADIC-CONICET)
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