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Dr. Haakon Shetelig

Nature volume 143, page 672 (22 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE award of the much prized gold medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London to Dr. Haakon Shetelig, keeper of the Bergen Museum and honorary fellow of the Society, is a fitting recognition of the work of Norway's most distinguished archaeologist, whose researches on the Viking Age have contributed much to the understanding of an important phase in the racial and cultural history of Britain before the Norman conquest. Dr. Shetelig was born in 1877, became keeper of the Bergen Museum in 1901, and in 1914 was appointed professor of archaeology. He was already well known to his English colleagues when his studies of the famous Viking ship of Oseberg were published. So long ago as 1906 he attended the York meeting of the British Association as a “distinguished foreign guest”; and he now has in the press a corpus, fully illustrate, of British Viking antiquities. Although Dr. Shetelig is best known for his work on the Viking period, it has by no means monopolized his studies. His work on Norway's prehistoric past is no less remarkable for its comprehensive breadth of view than for its lucidity of exposition. The presentation of the gold medal to Dr. Shetelig will be made at the anniversary meeting of the Society of Antiquaries to be held at Burlington House on April 27.

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