Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Day on the Tundra

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Photo Credit: Tim Rast

Friday, August 29, 2014

August on Baffin Island

Autumn and winter are fast approaching, but the changing weather is giving us some spectacular vistas around the sites.  This was our view from the total station earlier in the week.
Photo Credit: Tim Rast

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Changing Caribou Hunting Technology

We've been working around the confluence of two rivers on northern Baffin Island and although the sites haven't contained a lot of artifacts, they still document generations upon generations of caribou hunting in the same spot.  The artifact on the left is the base of a ground slate lance.  The tip is missing, but this is the sort of implement that the Dorset Palaeoeskimo would have used to hunt caribou in the area one or two thousand years ago.  The large slate point with the two drilled holes would have served the same purpose for the Thule Inuit who came several hundred years ago.  The sphere is a musket ball, used by the Inuit after trade with Europeans opened up in the 19th century and on the right is a .22-250 shell casing.  The area is still used today by hunters who travel up the river valley on ATV.

Photo Credit:Tim Rast

Monday, August 25, 2014

Archaeology Selfie

Photo Credit: Tim Rast

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane, Baffin Island, Nunavut.  The soil stains their feathers reddish-brown.

Photo Credit: Tim Rast

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Its getting late in the season

After a couple days of sunshine a big system has rolled in over us.  Yesterday was a rain day and today is a snow day.  Its time to get caught up on paperwork.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

Monday, August 18, 2014

Arctic Cotton

Fields of Arctic Cotton, late July, Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast
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