Greenlandic Dorset

Jens Fog Jensen

in The Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Arctic

Published in print October 2016 | ISBN: 9780199766956
Published online August 2016 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Greenlandic Dorset

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This chapter provides a summary of the Greenlandic Dorset culture, previously known as Independence II or Dorset I. Greenlandic Dorset is one aspect of a particularly dynamic period in eastern Arctic prehistory, which saw significant culture change and movement, and which has resulted in the recognition of several regional variants. Important characteristics of Greenlandic Dorset are outlined, with special focus on chronology, artifact style, architecture, and human ecology. Key localities are described in order to indicate the variability in Greenlandic Dorset settlement patterns. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the relationship of Greenlandic Dorset with other contemporary cultures including “transitional” and Early Dorset.

Keywords: dating; lithic technology; housing; settlement patterns; regional abandonment; Greenlandic Dorset; polynyas

Article.  9064 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Prehistoric Archaeology ; North American Archaeology

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