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The Cultural Landscapes of Port au Choix

Precontact Hunter-Gatherers of Northwestern Newfoundland

Renouf, M. A. P. (Ed.)

2011, XII, 324 p.

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  • Presents the results of 20 years of sustained research in one area
  • Reveals an understanding of settlement and society in prehistoric Newfoundland
  • Has wide and significant implications for hunter-gatherer and landscape studies

Newfoundland lies at the intersection of arctic and more temperate regions and, commensurate with this geography, populations of two Amerindian and two Paleo-eskimo cultural traditions occupied Port au Choix, in northern Newfoundland, Canada, for centuries and millennia. Over the past two decades The Port au Choix Archaeology Project has sought a comparative understanding of how these different cultures, each with their particular origin and historical trajectory, adapted to the changing physical and social environments, impacted their physical surroundings, and created cultural landscapes. This volume brings together the research of Renouf, her colleagues and her students who together employ multiple perspectives and methods to provide a detailed reconstruction and understanding of the long-term history of Port au Choix. Although geographically focussed on a northern coastal area, this volume has wider implications for understanding archaeological landscapes, human-environment interactions and hunter-gatherer societies.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Amerindian - Artic - Hunter-Gatherer - Landscape Studies - Paleoeskimo

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Geology - Population Studies

Table of contents 

Contents

 

Chapter 1

Introduction:  Archaeology at Port au Choix

M.A.P. Renouf

 

Chapter 2

By Land and Sea: Landscape and Marine Environmental Perspectives

on Port au Choix Archaeology

Trevor Bell and M.A.P. Renouf

 

Chapter 3

Across the Tickle: the Gould Site, Port au Choix-3 and

the Maritime Archaic Indian Mortuary Landscape

M.A.P. Renouf and Trevor Bell

 

Chapter 4

Ritual Activity and the Formation of Faunal Assemblages at Two

Groswater Palaeoeskimo Sites at Port au Choix

Patricia J. Wells

 

Chapter 5

Mobility, Curation, and Exchange as Factors in the Distribution of

the Phillip’s Garden West Groswater Toolkit

Karen Ryan

 

Chapter 6

A Sheltered Life: Inner Cove Groswater Palaeoeskimo Occupation

 at Port au Choix

Kendra D. Wheatley

 

Chapter 7

On the Headland: Dorset Seal Harvesting at Phillip’s Garden, Port au Choix

M.A.P. Renouf

 

Chapter 8

The Changing Nature and Function of Phillip's Garden: a Diachronic Perspective

John C. Erwin

 

 

 

Chapter 9

Settlement Size and Structural Complexity: A Case Study

in Geophysical Survey at Phillip’s Garden, Port au Choix

Edward J.H. Eastaugh and Jeremy Taylor

 

Chapter 10

Down the Labrador: Ramah Chert Use at Phillip’s Garden, Port au Choix

Robert J. Anstey and M.A.P. Renouf

 

Chapter 11

Whitecoats, Beaters and Turners:

Dorset Palaeoeskimo Harp Seal Hunting from Phillip’s Garden, Port au Choix

Maribeth S. Murray

 

Chapter 12

Aspects of Dorset Palaeoeskimo Mortuary Behaviour

on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland

Stuart C. Brown

 

Chapter 13

In the Woods: The Cow Head Complex Occupation of

the Gould Site, Port au Choix

M.A.P. Renouf, Michael A. Teal, Trevor Bell

 

Chapter 14

The Life History of Port au Choix Landscapes

M.A.P. Renouf

 

Appendix

Radiocarbon dates from Port au Choix

M.A.P. Renouf

 

Index

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