Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

The Cultural Landscapes of Port au Choix

Precontact Hunter-Gatherers of Northwestern Newfoundland

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

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Dr. Priscilla Renouf, Canada Research Chair of North Atlantic Archaeology, has conducted research in Labrador, Newfoundland, Arctic Norway and Greenland. For the past several years her research has been situated in Port au Choix, northwestern Newfoundland, where she is reconstructing 5,500 years of human adaptation to a changing environment. Dr. Renouf co-founded an international research group, called LINK, which consists of a dozen archaeologists working in North Atlantic areas: Labrador, Greenland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway. Their purpose is to integrate social and natural science research to address questions of how past human societies in the North Atlantic reacted to long- and short-term climate fluctuations. Dr. Renouf is committed to communicating the results of her research to the public as well as the academic community. She continues to achieve this through videos, exhibits, publications and public presentations.

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“The volume is organised into fourteen chapters bracketed by an introduction and a conclusion written by Renouf … . This volume is recommended for students of archaeology as a useful text on culture history, methodology, and ways of thinking about data sets. I recommend this volume to researchers for the model or template it provides when planning research programmes and setting research standards.” (Marianne P. Stopp, Canadian Journal of Archaeology/Journal Canadien D’Archeologie, Issue 37, 2013)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Archaeology at Port au Choix

    Renouf, M. A. P.

    Pages 1-20

  • By Land and Sea: Landscape and Marine Environmental Perspectives on Port au Choix Archaeology

    Bell, Trevor (et al.)

    Pages 21-41

  • Across the Tickle: The Gould Site, Port au Choix-3 and the Maritime Archaic Indian Mortuary Landscape

    Renouf, M. A. P. (et al.)

    Pages 43-63

  • Ritual Activity and the Formation of Faunal Assemblages at Two Groswater Palaeoeskimo Sites at Port au Choix

    Wells, Patricia J.

    Pages 65-89

  • Mobility, Curation, and Exchange as Factors in the Distribution of the Phillip’s Garden West Groswater Toolkit

    Ryan, Karen

    Pages 91-116

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eBook $209.00
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Hardcover $269.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cultural Landscapes of Port au Choix
Book Subtitle
Precontact Hunter-Gatherers of Northwestern Newfoundland
Editors
  • M. A. P. Renouf
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-8324-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-8324-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-8323-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2854-1
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 324
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