The Emergence of Glacial Archaeology


  • E. James Dixon University of New Mexico
  • Martin Eugene Callanan Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Albert Hafner University of Bern
  • P. G. Hare Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon



radiocarbon dating, ice patches, AMS, glacial archaeology


Introduction to the inaugural issue.

Author Biographies

E. James Dixon, University of New Mexico

James Dixon specializes in North American archeology, particularly focusing on late Ice Age colonization, high altitude and high latitude human adaptations, and early cultural development. He received his B.A. and M.A from the University of Alaska and his Ph.D. from Brown University. He was a Marshall Fellow for research at the National Museum of Denmark in 1972, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in 1996-97, and the recipient of the career achievement award from the Alaska Anthropological Association 2007. He also has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska and the University of Colorado, and as Curator of Paleoindian Archeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In 2007 he was appointed Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His publications and outreach include three books, many articles, museum exhibits, and educational films and videos. He has extensive professional service and is a member of SPARC (Snow Patch Archaeology Research Cooperation) council. He was a participant in the Ötzi, Schnidi and the Reindeer Hunters: Ice Patch Archaeology and Holocene Climate Change Conference in Berne Switzerland, and keynote speaker for Frozen Pasts – 2nd International Glacial Archaeology Symposium in Trondheim, Norway.

Martin Eugene Callanan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Martin Callanan has studied archaeology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU in Trondheim and at the Universidad de Granada, Spain. He is a present a research fellow at the (NTNU) preparing a Ph.D. thesis with the provisional title “Glacial Archaeology from Central Norway”. Callanan was the main organizer of the Frozen Pasts conference in Trondheim in 2010, and is a member of the Norwegian SPARC (Snow Patch Archaeology Research Cooperation) project. Recent publications include Northern Snow Patches (2010) and Central Norwegian Snow Patch Archaeology. Patterns Past and Present (2012).

Albert Hafner, University of Bern

Albert Hafner studied Prehistory, Anthropology and Geobotanics in Germany at the Universities of Tübingen and Freiburg im Breisgau. His professional career began with excavations in Neolithic and Bronze Age wetland sites in Southern Germany. He was working many years in underwater archaeology and conducted large scale rescue excavations in Swiss lake dwellings. Albert Hafner was in the core group of the UNESCO world heritage project “Prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps”, successfully inscribed in 2011. He was responsible for the Schnidejoch expedition team and edited the publication of this high-alpine ice patch site from the Bernese Alps with finds from the Early Neolithic to the Middle Ages. In 2012 Albert Hafner was elected Professor and Head of the Department of Prehisthistory and Co-director of the Institute for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bern/Switzerland. Albert Hafner is member of ICOMOS ICUCH (Int. Council of Monuments and Sites, Int. Comm. of Underwater Cultural Heritage) and SPARC (Snow Patch Archaeology Research Cooperation).

P. G. Hare, Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon

P. Gregory (Greg) Hare is the Senior Projects Archaeologist with the Yukon Government where he has worked for more than 20 years. He studied anthropology and archaeology at University of Victoria and the University of Alberta. He is one of the original participants in the Yukon Ice Patch Project and has been involved in that program since 1997. He was the Yukon representative at the Ötzi, Schnidi and the Reindeer Hunters: Ice Patch Archaeology and Holocene Climate Change Conference in Berne Switzerland, and Frozen Pasts – 2nd International Glacial Archaeology Syumposium in Trondheim. He was conference co-chair and program chair for Frozen Pasts – the 3rd International Glacial Archaeology Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon and is a member of The Norwegian SPARC (Snow Patch Research Cooperation). Recent publications include The Archaeology of Yukon Ice Patches - New Artefacts, Observations and Insights. (2012) ; The Yukon Projectile Point Database (2008) and Ethnographic and Archaeological Investigations of Alpine Ice Patches in Southwest Yukon, Canada. (2004).


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How to Cite

Dixon, E. J., Callanan, M. E., Hafner, A., & Hare, P. G. (2014). The Emergence of Glacial Archaeology. Journal of Glacial Archaeology, 1, 1–9.




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