Inuit history: climatic change and historical connections in Arctic Canada AD 1000-1900

Objectives: The Inuit History Project is designed with two broad objectives in mind: o to determine to what extent Inuit cultural development over the past millennium has been influenced by efforts to gain access to materials and technologies produced by world economies. This endeavour provides a historical critique of the stereotypical view of traditional Inuit society and culture as isolated, static, and influenced solely by processes of adaptation to environmental change; and o to clarify the process through which environmental change has influenced the social and cultural development of Arctic societies over the past 1000 years, and the implications of these findings for understanding potential responses to future episodes of climatically driven environmental change. In order to attain these objectives, the Inuit History project coordinates the work and findings of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental researchers working in collaboration with northern communities, in order to address these objectives. It is organized as four sub-projects. ¿ Helluland Archaeology Project ¿ High Arctic Thule Project ¿ Banks Island (Beaufort Sea) Archaeological Research Project Archaeology/Palaeolimnology Project The archaeologists and palaeoenvironmental researchers are collaborating in investigating a small number of carefully selected archaeological sites across Arctic Canada. These sites variously represent the remains of occupations by Dorset culture Palaeo-Eskimos, Thule culture Inuit, and possibly medieval Europeans, and have been chosen in order to provide information on the nature of human occupation, interaction, and environmental conditions in the centuries between approximately AD 1000 and 1900

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Creator Patricia D. Sutherland; Charles D. Arnold; James Savelle; John P. Smol; Marianne S. V. Douglas; Robert McGhee
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Polar Data Catalogue
Publication Year 2012
Rights Research programs, CCIN, or ArcticNet take no liability for the use or transmission of this data
OpenAccess true
Contact ipy_dacn(at); pdc(at)
Language English
Format Computer file
Discipline History
Spatial Coverage (-126.012W, 51.911S, -61.135E, 83.115N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2007-01-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2009-12-31T00:00:00Z