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Open Archaeology: Topical Issue on Advances in Arctic Archaeology

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Peter Whitridge, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Max Friesen, University of Toronto, Canada


‘Advances in Arctic Archaeology’ surveys exciting recent developments in the archaeology of arctic North America. The north is changing rapidly, due to global warming, the related expansion of tourism and resource extraction, and the emergence of new political relationships between indigenous communities, scientists and government. While the archaeological record is under threat from rising sea levels, melting permafrost, and human disturbance, opportunities for cooperative research are expanding and increasingly accessible geomatic and imaging technologies are revealing the record in unexpected ways. Contributors to the volume explore some of these new methodological and theoretical approaches, illustrating them with the results of ongoing field and laboratory research on sites ranging from Bering Strait to Greenland, and from Ellesmere Island to Labrador.


An Early Inupiaq Occupation: Observations on a Thule House From Cape Espenberg, Alaska
Lauren E. Y.Norman, T. Max Friesen, Claire Alix, Claire, Michael J. E.O’Rourke, Owen K. Mason