Arctic Pioneers and Materiality: Studies of Long Term Trends in Saqqaq Material Culture, 2.500 BC — 800 BC
Recorded: Friday, October 26th, 2012 @ 3:15 pm - 3:35 pm EDT
Duration: 20 minutes
Saqqaq represents the first peopling of Greenland around 2.500 BC. The spread of this pioneer culture over vast areas was remarkably fast, and well structured settlement systems based on diversified subsistence strategies were soon established in all regions of West and East Greenland. Is this dynamic development reflected in Saqqaq material culture? Due to excellent preservation conditions and stratification of deep culture layers two permanently frozen Saqqaq sites in West Greenland, Qeqertasussuk and Qajaa, hold a unique potential for throwing light on this question. Here long term chronological trends in raw material selection, technology and artifact design can be documented in detail. Supplemented with evidence from other sites in Greenland, the analyses conclude that Saqqaq material culture is remarkably continuous through time. This contrast between the dynamics of Saqqaq demography and subsistence strategies and the complex but almost unchanged material culture throughout two millennia is discussed in the paper.Please register or sign in to access this session.