Remains of the Solglimt survivor camp on Sub-Antarctic Marion Island

Author(s): Tara Van Niekerk

Year: 2014


The Sub-Antarctic Marion Island, once a haven for the late 19th and early 20th century whaling and sealing industries, now holds countless remains of a shipwreck survivor camp and hidden stories of a terrestrial maritime landscape formed out of tragedy and the need to survive. The study of the early 20th Century Solglimt shipwreck survivor camp on Marion Island has produced the perfect opportunity to fill gaps within the discipline of Maritime Archaeology where too often emphasis is placed on shipwreck studies and not enough on events coming before or after these tragedies. The study uses archaeological signatures long forgotten as a way to understand cultural behaviour during events of disaster, isolation and the means to survive. The study can be used as a comparison to similar studies around the world and hopes to add to an existing body of knowledge involving survivor camps and disaster studies from an archaeological perspective.

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Remains of the Solglimt survivor camp on Sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Tara Van Niekerk. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436948)

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): SYM-40,06