Connections in the Arctic

Activity: Talk or presentationAcademic

Matilda Siebrecht - Speaker

    In this paper, I present preliminary results of microwear analysis of select Dorset artefact types from four well-dated contexts in (1) northern Foxe Basin, Nunavut and (2) northern Nunavik, Arctic Quebec. Examination of both the geological profile and representative Dorset Paleo-Inuit organic artefact assemblages from both regions indicate a relatively high degree of cultural-geographic continuity. Previous studies comparing such artefacts across regions have focused primarily on raw-material type and stylistic variation. Such important analyses are complemented by the study of object manufacture and use, which can provide insights into compelling questions of cultural development and identity. For example, did interregional exchange networks exist, and if so, were only raw materials exchanged, or completed artefacts? Additionally, were objects created for utilitarian purposes, or for ornamentation/ceremonial purposes? Even more importantly, how might material cultural studies investigate objects fulfilling multiple purposes? The results of this work to date provide new insights into the breadth of possible north-south Dorset exchange in the Eastern Arctic.

    Event (Conference)

    TitleWorked Bone Group Conference
    LocationUniversity of Montreal
    Degree of recognitionInternational event

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