Zooarchaeological and micromorphological Data of Inuit archaeological site in Labrador

Two field campaigns took place in summers 2014 and 2015 which gave the opportunity to resume House 2 and House 1 middens excavations. New stratigraphic analyses were realized. The previous excavation areas were extend of 4,15 m² for House 2 midden and 1 m² for House 1 midden.

Moreover, 25 samples of soil/sediments were taken using Kübiena boxes of 10 cm3, for micromorphological analyses. These samples were sent to the Laboratory of micromorphology of Laval University. There, they are ovendried and impregnated with polyester resin. Then, samples were sliced and polished into 30 µm thin section. Finally, they were analysed under a polarised microscope.

Around 3500 bones were removed and sent to the Laboratory of Bioarchaeology and Prehistoric Archaeology of Laval University. They were identified with the help of comparative osteological collections. Seal species were identified solely on the humerus, maxilla, auditory bulla and mandibles. The NABONE zooarchaeological analysis package was used to store and manipulate basic quantitative data.

Until now, 1746 bones from both middens and 15 micromorphological thin sections were analyzed. Thin sections of seal canines will be realized to estimate seal age and season of death by microscopic analysis.

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Source https://www.polardata.ca/pdcsearch/PDCSearchDOI.jsp?doi_id=12532
Creator Bhiry, Najat;Foury, Yann;Woollett, James
Discipline Environmental Science
Language English
MetaDataAccess http://www.polardata.ca/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=fgdc&identifier=12532_fgdc
PublicationYear 2015
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Rights Public
SpatialCoverage {56.67,-61.13,56.67,-61.13}
TemporalCoverage period : ( 2015-08-26T11:59:59Z - 2015-09-01T11:59:59Z )