Noel Broadbent | Friday, 24 February 2006 - Saturday, 25 February 2006

Date(s): 
24 February 2006 to 25 February 2006
Speaker: 
Noel Broadbent

Noel Broadbent traveled to Rhode Island where he held lecture at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and Brown University. At the museum, he presented a public lecture entitled:

"Archaeology, Forensics, and the Mystery of the Andree Ballooning Expedition to the North Pole in 1897"

On 11 July 1897, S. A. Andree and two Swedish companions left the island of Svalbard attempting to reach the North Pole and cross the Arctic Ocean in a hydrogen balloon. Shortly thereafter, they disappeared. Their fate was unknown until 1930, when their camp and bodies were found on White Island in eastern Svalbard. Their diaries and amazing photographs, recovered from rolls of undeveloped film found at the site of their deaths, chronicle their journey. In 2000, Broadbent led an archaeological expedition to White Island, seeking to discover how and why they died.

Broadbent's talk was followed by a reception and the audience was able to speak with him about his lecture.

At Brown University, Dr. Broadbent spoke to the anthropology department graduate students about NSF proposals and arctic research and also to the campus community and general public on his current research in northern Scandinavia.