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Late Dorset and Thule Inuit Hunting Technologies and Archaeofaunas: Implications for Societal Differences

Author(s): Lesley Howse

Year: 2017

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This paper investigates human and animal interaction in two very different hunter-gatherer societies, Late Dorset and Thule Inuit, who once occupied the eastern Arctic. To access cultural differences I focus on how disparate hunting technologies impacted each society's archaeofaunas, and describe what appear to be culturally distinct trends in the faunal remains. In light of these findings, differences between Late Dorset and Thule Inuit hunting strategies, and other societal aspects including labour organization, hierarchy, and prestige are considered. How generalized versus specialized hunting technologies impacted the trajectory of each society is also discussed.


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Late Dorset and Thule Inuit Hunting Technologies and Archaeofaunas: Implications for Societal Differences. Lesley Howse. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429132)


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min long: -178.41; min lat: 62.104 ; max long: 178.77; max lat: 83.52 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16469

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America