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Audio Blog: A Summer in Greenland

Story posted July 15, 2009

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has launched an audio blog chronicling the activities of those involved in archaeological digs on the coast of Greenland for the summer of 2009.

Participants in the Inglefield Land Archaeology Project are working at Paris Fjord and Marshall Bay, both on Greenland's northwest coast.

The audio blog's first entry was recorded by Alison Weisburger '10, who introduced the crew and described the early stages of the excavation.

The team comprising researchers from Bowdoin, the University of California–Davis, the National Museum of Greenland, the University of Greenland, Laval University and Calgary is unearthing Thule-period (A.D. 900 to 1700) houses, and has uncovered several artifacts and pieces of bone, reports Weisburger in her June 30, 2009, entry.

Weisburger and other members of the crew will make regular posts, using a satellite phone to leave digital voice mail messages for Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Curator/Registrar Genevieve LeMoine, who will add them to the Greenland Summers Audio Blog, which lives within the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Web site.

LeMoine, herself an archaeologist and anthropologist, has led previous summer archaeological digs in Greenland.

The seven-week program (June 18 to August 8) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs, with additional support from Bowdoin, UC–Davis and the Greenland National Museum and Archives.

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