Paris Fjord, Greenland

Acknowledgements and Information

Paris Fjord, 2009

Work this summer will begin at Qaqasuit, on Paris Fjord. In the summer of 2005 we recorded a variety of prehistoric occupations at this site, which was occupied as recently as the 1980s. Excavations the summer will focus on the late-prehistoric houses, with some additional testing of earlier houses. In July, part of the team will move to Marshall Bay where in 2004 we identified an early Thule (ca 1300 AD) occupation. Work he will focus on excavating one of the early houses, as well as test excavation in a refuse area at the nearby site of Innuarfigssuaq. Danish Archaeologist Erik Holtved excavated most of this site in the 1930s. Our tests are aimed at evaluating the condition of the remainder of the site for future research to refine our understanding of the chronology of this important location.

Paris Fjord orientation map

Once again people will be able to follow the progress of our work through an audio blog. Alison Weisburger (Bowdoin Class of 2010) will be making regular posts using a satellite phone. Posts will be brief, and the sound quality may vary, but listeners will be able to share in the experiences of the crew living in a part of Greenland few will have the opportunity to visit.

Crew members you may hear from include (in alphabetical order):

  • Christyann Darwent (University of California, Davis)
  • John Darwent (University of California, Davis)
  • Fédérick Dussault (Université Laval)
  • Jeremey Foin (University of California, Davis)
  • Hans Lange (Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu /Greenland National Museum and Archives)
  • Hans Christisan Lennert (Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland)
  • Erika Sakrison (Calgary)
  • Alison Weisburger (Bowdoin College)

Cape Grinnell, 2008

On a visit to the site in 2004 we determined that people had lived at Cape Grinnell on and off for about 4000 years. Now we are focusing on the nineteenth century part of the occupation, to help us understand how local Inughuit adapted to the increasing presence of Euro-American whalers and explorers in their midst. We will excavate two winter houses from this period to recover animal bones and artifacts that will help us develop a clearer picture of peoples’ lives at this time. We will also be studying some of the older parts of the site to find out just how old they are and to learn more about how the raised beaches on which the site is located were formed.

Map showing Cape Grinell

For the first time, people will be able to follow along as we work while in the field, thanks to this audio blog. Eli Bossin, (Bowdoin class of 2009), assisted by other members of the crew, will make regular posts, using a satellite phone to call Brunswick, Maine. He will leave a digital voice mail message, which classmate Hillary Hooke ’09 will add to The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum web page. Posts will be brief as even satellite communications in this area are not always reliable, but we hope listeners will get a sense of the excitement of archeological fieldwork and of life in a field camp in a remote region of Greenland.

Crew members you may hear from include (in alphabetical order):

  • Eli Bossin (Bowdoin undergraduate)
  • Christyann Darwent (Co-Principal investigator, UC Davis)
  • John Darwent (UC Davis)
  • Frédéric Dussalt (U Laval)
  • Joanne Goodsell (UC Davis graduate student)
  • Trine Johansen (UC Davis graduate student)
  • Hans Lange (Greenland National Museum and Archives)
  • Genevieve LeMoine (Co-Principal investigator, Bowdoin)
  • Owen Mason (Geomorphologist, Anchorage)
  • Marthe Simigaq (Qaanaaq)
  • Qulutannguaq Simigaq (Qaanaaq)
  • Navarana Sørensen (Qaanaaq)
  • Morgan Wampler (UC Davis)