The Challenge of the Arctic

Author(s): Ryan Harris

Year: 2014


The remote waters of Canada’s Arctic host a variety of unique underwater archaeological resources including shipwrecks associated with the eras of polar exploration, industrial whaling, and the fur trade. Their general inaccessibility and highly conducive physical preservation conditions notwithstanding, these sites are now subject to increasing threat.Efforts to identify, document, and protect underwater archaeological sites in the Arctic must negotiate a number of imposing environmental, geographical, and political realities. This paper will provide an overview of Parks Canada’s experience to date in responding to these various challenges, the evolving nature of the partnerships that have been drawn upon to successfully survey and manage these resources, and the lessons that have been learned.

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The Challenge of the Arctic. Ryan Harris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436839)

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): SYM-31,07