Archaeology

The Elders of Nunavik charged the Archaeology Department of Avataq Cultural Institute with a mandate to identify, study, protect and preserve the archaeological heritage of Nunavik.

More specifically, the mandate is:

  • to promote and foster an interest in archaeology among Nunavimmiut, especially young people;
  • to sensitize the communities to the importance of archaeology and the protection of archaeological sites and ancient objects;
  • to build partnerships with scientific and educational institutions;
  • to safeguard archaeological sites affected by construction projects;
  • and to undertake and encourage research into the history of Nunavik and disseminate the results.

 

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Visite des aînés et des jeunes d’Inukjuak sur le site IbGk-3, été 2007

Elders and Youth from Inukjuak visiting IbGk-3 site, summer 2007

Inuit youth learning basic archaeological techniques, Ivujivik 2008, Nunavik

Inuit youth learning basic archaeological techniques, Ivujivik 2008, Nunavik

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Activities

Activities include the construction of qarmaqs (earthen huts), sealskin tents, traditional umiaqs (sealskin boats) and kayaks; language workshops; and making bannock, kamik, puurtaq and avataq.

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A small glossary

Test pits:
They are typically 50 x 50 cm or 1 x 1 m holes dug in order to identify signs of occupation and survey the site’s stratigraphy.

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