Kramer, Finn Erik. Akia and Nipisat I: two Saqqaq sites in Sisimiut District, West Greenland

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Title: Akia and Nipisat I: two Saqqaq sites in Sisimiut District, West Greenland

Published in: The Paleo-Eskimo cultures of Greenland : a new perspective in Greenlandic archaeology : papers from a symposium at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Copenhagen, May 21-24, 1992, edited by Bjarne Grønnow and John Pind

Published By: The Paleo-Eskimo cultures of Greenland : a new perspective in Greenlandic archaeology : papers from a symposium at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Copenhagen, May 21-24, 1992, edited by Bjarne Grønnow and John Pind Copenhagen, Denmark: Danish Polar Center, 1996. 65-96 p.: ill.

By line: Finn Erik Kramer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Eastern Arctic Small Tool (N050)

Subjects: Dating methods in archaeology (1211); Bone, horn, and shell technology (321); Lithic industries (324); Weapons (411); General tools (412); Chronologies and culture sequences (911); Cultural stratigraphy (912);

Abstract: This article describes two archaeological sites from the Saqqaq Culture in Sisimiut district, western Greenland -- Akia and Nipisat I. The Akia site, probably a winter camp, was excavated between 1989-1991. It contained a large number of stone tools and flakes as well as the remains of a dwelling and box hearth. The Nipisat I site is a stratified site indicating extensive occupation from the Middle and Late Saqqaq Culture with traces of sporadic prior habitation. Probably most if not all of these occupational phases are associated with summer/autumn camps (p. 65). The Nipisat I site has produced a large number of previously unknown Saqqaq tool types, many of which are of organic material (e.g., bone, ivory). A number of these artifacts are illustrated in the text.

Document Number: 13

Document ID: n050-013

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: See document 7

Field Date: 1989-1994

Evaluation: Archaeologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: Saqqaq culture (ca. 3840 B.P.-2910 B.P.)

Coverage Place: Akia and Nipisat I sites; Sisimiut district, western Greenland

LCSH: Arctic regions--Antiquities

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