Hans Husyan Harmsen

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Professional Title Archaeologist and Curator at the Greenland National Museum and Archives
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Hans Husyan Harmsen

Archaeologist and Curator at the Greenland National Museum and Archives

Hans Husyan Harmsen is an Archaeologist and Curator at the Greenland National Museum and Archives in Nuuk, Greenland. He completed his PhD from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Anthropology in 2017 with a focus on exploring prehistoric human responses to environmental change along the southeast coast of Sri Lanka and has participated in numerous NSF-funded archaeological projects across the circumpolar North in places such as Kamchatka, the Aleutian Islands and Sweden. He is the former Associate Director of the University at Buffalo’s Social Systems GIS Laboratory and still connected to UB’s Department of Anthropology as a Research Assistant Professor. Hans is also currently a Guest Lecturer at Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and Co-Director of the Arctic Vikings Archaeological Field School in Vatnahverfi region, South Greenland. Over the past two years he has been involved as a research partner in the REMAINS of Greenland project, exploring the effects of a shifting climate on the preservation of archaeological deposits in West Greenland and the consequent challenges to protecting and preserving Greenland’s cultural heritage. Hans’ research interests include human response to environmental uncertainty, coastal archaeology, industrial heritage, GIS and predictive modeling in archaeology and disability advocacy.