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ECWG Dinner: Norse Cod and Changing Climates – Environmental Archaeology in the North Atlantic, presented by George Hambrecht, Ph.D.

March 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Explorers Club members, member’s guests, associates, & friends are cordially invited to the March 2023 dinner & presentation to be held at the Cosmos Club on Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at 6:00 PM.

About the Presentation

George Hambrecht is an environmental archeologist with a specialty in Zooarchaeology. Environmental archeology studies the dynamic between ecological and climate change in the past. Zooarchaeology is the study of animal bones sources from archaeological sites. George’s regional area of expertise is the Norse North Atlantic and the time range of his work is from the first Norse colonization of the North Atlantic Islands through the 18th century. Most of his fieldwork takes place in Iceland and in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

George’s work has been focused on both terrestrial and marine ecosystems and their interplay with human cause and response. George’s talk will be an overview of his work during the past decade with a large interdisciplinary research network called the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO).

His focus is on two current projects: 1) A National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project called the Central North Atlantic Marine Historical Project, which is combining archaeology, analysis of historical texts, and marine biochemistry to build a 1,100-year record of the complex relationship between people and Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) in the waters around Iceland; & 2) A National Geographic Society funded project called the Outer Hebrides Historical Ecology Project which is looking at archaeological sites with good organic preservation in the Outer Hebrides in partnership with the local academic, amateur archaeological, and crofting communities of the islands of Benbecula, South Uist and North Uist.

About our Speaker

George received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2011. He previously received a B.A. in History from Bard College in 1995. In the hiatus between his B.A. and his Ph.D., George was in the wine industry in California where he ran vineyards, helped build a small winery, and sold wine throughout the country.

As P.I., George has received grants totaling $2.8 million and has been part of grant teams that have received another $5 million. Most of this grant activity has been through the NSF. He has published ~30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented numerous papers at local, national, and international conferences and workshops. George is also a research fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The University of Maryland was his first academic appointment, and he has been faculty there since 2011.



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  • Number of seats Reserved ($55 each)
  • Guest names(s)
  • Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired
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Mail with check to :

Austin Ager
2707 Parkway Place
Cheverly, MD 20785-3029
Mobile & text: 301-646-5418

You can pay at the door or mail a check. Without exception, your rsvp and proof of vaccination must be received by Austin no later than 5 pm, Monday, FEB 6th, 2023. Absolutely no changes or cancellations after 5 pm, Monday, FEB 6th, 2023

ECWG COVID-19 Policy

ECWG adheres to all COVID-19 regulations set by the Cosmos Club and the District of Columbia. Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required for entrance into the Cosmos Club but are recommended. Space may be limited to comply with Cosmos Club capacity regulations. Priority will be given to ECWG members and their significant others.



March 18, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Austin Ager


The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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