(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Faunal Remains from the Wollaston Forland – Clavering Ø region, Northeast Greenland – Thule culture subsistence in a high Arctic polynya and ice-edge habitat

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Natural History Museum, Zoological Museum, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK


The GeoArk project conducted interdisciplinary studies between 2003 and 2008 to investigate the Thule culture (c. 1400 AD until c. 1850 AD) in the Wollaston Forland – Clavering Ø region (74°N). Faunal remains of recent excavations and re-analyses of previous excavations of Thule culture seasonal features, winter houses and middens are presented, with an emphasis on the 2 winter sites of Fladstrand and Dødemandsbugten. The faunal assemblages showed ringed seal (Phoca hispida) to be the key game species, although, with important contingents of narwhal (Monodon monoceros) and caribou (Rangifer tarandus). Thule subsistence was highly dependent on having a well developed procurement system and the sea- and landscape was used differentially during the annual cycle


Article of periodic

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 110, no2 [pp. 175-200]

Bibliographic references : 81 ref.

Collation : 12 fig., 10 tabl.




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