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Dying to Explore: The Archaeology of Sir John Franklin’s 3rd Arctic Expedition

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Robert W. Park
Dr. Robert Park (University of Waterloo, Ontario) presents on the centuries-long challenge of finding a navigable sailing route through the Canadian Arctic drew European explorers into that daunting region, culminating in 1845 with Sir John Franklin's third expedition: two ships and 129 sailors. Two years later, in May, 1847 they reported “All well” but less than a year after that, on 22 April 1848, the 105 survivors departed their frozen ships. All would die in the attempt. Recent archaeological investigations, informed by testimony from the Inuit people of the region, have located the last remains of Franklin's expedition.