Meta Incognita-Archaeology of the Frobisher Voyages

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: social sciences, anthropology, wood transport, European contact, artifacts

Principal Investigator: Laeyendecker, Dosia (1)
Licence Number: 12216
Organization: Smithsonian Institution
Licenced Year(s): 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: William Fitzhugh, Ann Henshaw, Lynda Gullason

Objective(s): To excavate Inuit houses near Kodlunarn Island from the same time period as the Frobisher voyages; to study possible contact between these Inuit people and Frobisher's men and also influences and possible changes that this Frobisher intrusion may have made; to determine if any of the wooden artifacts found in the Inuit houses were made of English wood brought in by Frobisher's boats in the years 1576-78;

Project Description: The researcher and her team will excavate Inuit houses near Kodlunarn Island to study possible contact between these Inuit and Frobisher's men, as well as influences and possible changes that this Frobisher intrusion may have made. Central to the study will be the examination of wooden artifacts found in these Inuit houses to determine whether they were made of English wood brought in by Frobisher's boats in the years 1576-78.