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Audio Blog Provides Ongoing Scoop on Archaeological Dig

Story posted July 02, 2008

Bowdoin has launched an audio blog offering satellite phone reports from members of a research team as they excavate two 19th-century winter houses on northern Greenland's Cape Grinnell to recover animal bones and artifacts.

Visitors to the Inglefield Archaeology Land Project Audio Blog hear first hand accounts of the exciting archaeological fieldwork and life in a field camp in a remote region of Greenland.

Photo and caption from the Inglefield Archaeology Land Project audio blog: "Bossin, Bowdoin '09, and Kristina Sorg, Bowdoin '09, crossed paths in Kangerlussuaq, a settlement in West Greenland, on June 24th. Kristina was on her way back from Summit Camp on the Greenland Ice Cap, and Eli was traveling to Cape Grinnell." Posted by Eli Bossin '09

The audio blog's first entry was recorded by Eli Bossin '09, who describes a helicopter ride to the research site, during which he saw a family of musk oxen, who, frightened by helicopter, formed a circle to protect themselves. He also describes setting up initial research sites and finding the bones of sea mammals.

Bossin and other members of the crew will make regular posts, using a satellite phone to leave digital voice mail messages for Hillary Hooke '09, who will add them to the Inglefield Archaeology Land Project Audio Blog, which lives within the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Web site.

The team comprises researchers and students from Bowdoin; the University of California, Davis; the Greenland National Museum and Archives; Laval University and the community of Qaanaaq.

Archaeologist and anthropologist Genevieve LeMoine, curator/registrar of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, is one of two co-principal investigators on the project.

The six-week project (June 23 to August 8, 2008) is funded by the National Science Foundation with additional support from Bowdoin, the Greenland National Museum and Archives, and UC Davis.

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