1000 Years of Small Bird Capture in NW Greenland


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Excavations in 2012 and 2016 at Iita, located along the North Water Polynya in NW Greenland, revealed unmixed stratified deposits extending from Late Dorset habitation over 1000 years ago through Thule-Inughuit occupation and Inughuit contact with Arctic explorers ca. 1850–1917. Iita is unique in that a large dovekie colony breeds in this area annually, thus the faunal assemblage provides a unique opportunity to study the history of bird use. Given rapid climate change in the Arctic, this will likely be the last opportunity to investigate the archaeological record at Iita.

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1000 Years of Small Bird Capture in NW Greenland. Erika Ebel, Christyann Darwent, Genevieve LeMoine, John Darwent. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449694)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -169.453; min lat: 50.513 ; max long: -49.043; max lat: 72.712 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25344