NSF grant to study Viking Textiles in Little Ice Age

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $487,049 grant to Michele Smith, a research associate at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Her research “will document and analyze women’s roles and women’s involvement in textile production” in order to “shed new light on women’s power within Icelandic households at different levels of the social system, providing a valuable contribution to social archaeological research in the North Atlantic,” according to the grant abstract.