Benedicte Ingstad

Benedicte Ingstad

Anthropologist and Professor
Norway

Benedicte Ingstad is an anthropologist and professor emeritus of medical anthropology at the University of Oslo whose research has focused primarily on disability studies. In addition to working part-time for the Norwegian Center for Migration and Minority Health (NAKMI), she has published numerous academic works along with several biographies about her parents: famed Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad and archaeologist Anne Stine Ingstad.

Benedicte has written about each parent individually, but the most intimate examination of their lives was perhaps delivered in A Grand Adventure. In this book, Benedicte recounts the inspiring story of how her parents met, married and together set out to prove what many believed to be only a myth. Relying on their private correspondences and incomplete autobiographies, her own memories of their work in Newfoundland, Canada, and more, Benedicte reveals how her parents unearthed one of history’s greatest archaeological finds at L’Anse aux Meadows.