TITLE

Hunter-Gatherer Impact on Subarctic Vegetation: Amerindian and Palaeoeskimo Occupations of Port au Choix, Northwestern Newfoundland

AUTHOR(S)
Renouf, M. A. P.; Bell, Trevor; Macpherson, Joyce
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Arctic Anthropology;2009, Vol. 46 Issue 1/2, p176
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper presents data from two ponds at Port au Choix, in northwestern Newfoundland, each associated with one or more archaeological sites. Disruptions in vegetation in the ponds and surrounding areas are linked to contemporaneous human activities nearby and comparisons are made between Amerindian and Palaeoeskimo impact patterns. Whereas Amerindian occupations had a major impact on the Field Pond basin, only those Palaeoeskimo activities that took place at or in Bass Pond had an impact on its limnology. This difference is linked to site location preferences, the availability of woodland, and distance of human settlement from the pond. This study contributes to our understanding of the dynamic relationship between hunter-gatherers and their environment.
ACCESSION #
47909776

 

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