Getting ready for the 7-day REXSAC field trip in South Greenland

In August, REXSAC researchers will depart for their field trip to South Greenland. The trip will include different forms of scientific field work such as site-visits, archaeological documentation, drone mapping, description, photography and interviews. This will result in an intensive week visiting many destinations, all important areas for the history of mining in Southern Greenland.  The specific aim is to map out environmental, cultural, social and political impact of mining in the Arctic, by documenting abandoned mining sites, visiting active mines as well as new ones in the making. REXSAC’s work is interdisciplinary and comparative, having already visited other Arctic mining sites and communities. On Greenland, among other things, the group will pursue research in Kangillinnguit/Grønnedal and the old mining town of Ivittuut (see photo). In route, the group will also visit Arsuk, Narsaq (see photo) and the old Josva mine.


Participants in the REXSAC field trip to Greenland 2019 are:

Albina Pashkevich, Annika Nilsson, Calle Österlin, Dag Avango, Hannu Heikkinen, Joan Nymand, Lill Rastad Bjørst, Gunhild Ninis Rosqvist, Lene Kielsen Holm and Jerker Jarsjö.


Author: Charlotte Schierbeck, CIRCLA, Aalborg University


Ivittuut. Grønnedal’s association. Copyright (c) Grønnedalsforeningen 2018


Cryolite mine Ivittuut 3
Cryolite mine Ivittuut. Arktisk Institut/Årstal: 1956


Narsaq 2013. Photo: Lill Rastad Bjørst



Photo top right: Narsaq. Photo: Lill Rastad Bjørst


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Aalborg University