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The Kapuivik Archaeological Project (148802)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Kathryn Kotar
Company: McGill University
Start Date: 2018-07-01
End Date: 2018-08-15
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Our project examines the cultural history of Paleo-Inuit occupation (4000 - 1000 years before present) along the coastlines of northern Foxe Basin, Nunavut. This region comprises the core area of Paleo-Inuit development, and most researchers argue that populations here were stable and continuous until the arrival of the Thule Inuit (ancestors of modern Inuit). It is also implied that the earliest Paleo-Inuit archaeological culture - the Pre-Dorset - transitioned smoothly into the Dorset, whom are called Tunnit or Tuniit by Inuit today. Our research will challenge this model of perceived stability and provide a more nuanced perspective of Paleo-Inuit prehistory and the Pre-Dorset to Dorset transition. Our field site, NjHa-1, is located on Kapuivik (Jens Munk Island), around 50 kilometres northeast of Igloolik Point. It is optimally positioned to examine these assumptions because it contains a relatively continuous sequence of occupation from Pre-Dorset to historic dwellings. This research will continue excavations that began in summer 2016 on the island, and specifically target areas from the transitional period (2800 - 2500 before present). The summer 2018 field crew will include 3 graduate and 2 undergraduate students from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a bear monitor from Igloolik. We have received full support from the Polar Continental Shelf Program and they will provide rental gear, one to two ATVs, and Twin Otter flights to and from the island.
Persons: 5
Days: 46
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ID Geometry Location Name
3598 point Approximate location of targeted archaeological sites on Jens Munk Island
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
QIA: Exemption Certificate
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class II
Other Licensing Requirements
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Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
ATV 1 69.3 x 42.1 x 43.3 We will use the ATV to transport people and artifacts to and from our excavation sites. It will be brought to the island by PCSP and then returned to Resolute.
Archaeological Tools N/A N/A The majority of our equipment consists of small archaeological tools, such as trowels, buckets, screens with 1/4 mesh, pegs, flagging tape, etc.
Tents 8 Varying We will have approximately 8 nylon and canvas tents. Two will be larger and used for the kitchen and artifact storage, the rest will be for crew members.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 2 5 Gallons We will have approximately 10 gallons of gasoline for use in one ATV and a small generator.
Propane 5 25 Lbs We will have approximately 5 25-lb cylinders of propane for our camp stove.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.0275 Plastic containers to fetch water from close, fresh-water lakes. We will have water purification systems with us. N/A
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
As archaeologists, our priority is to preserve and respect the cultural and natural landscapes. All sod and dirt removed during our excavations will be set aside and returned at the close of our field season. We strive to leave the environment as close as possible to its original state. Ideally, we hope to excavate approximately 12 dwellings that are roughly 3 metres by 4 metres in size. Our small crew of 5 members will produce very little personal waste that will be buried or burned, and garbage will be burned or returned to Igloolik for appropriate handling. Our hazardous materials include gasoline and propane, so every member of our crew will be trained to prevent and mitigate possible spills. We will also avoid disturbing all local wildlife (no contact) and any significant sightings will be reported to the Igloolik HTA.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 0.5 L/person/day N/A All human natural waste will be buried.
Combustible wastes 2 lb/person/day N/A We will be generating very little waste that primarily includes food packages and recyclable boxes for plastic bags, etc. Some of it will be burned on the island, and the remainder will be returned to Igloolik for proper disposal.
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2018-03-26
Originator: Kathryn Kotar
Public Registry ID: 13933
Document Size: 21.8 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-03-26
Originator: Kathryn Kotar
Public Registry ID: 13928
Document Size: 24.62 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-03-26
Originator: Kathryn Kotar
Public Registry ID: 13929
Document Size: 745.5 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-03-26
Originator: Kathryn Kotar
Public Registry ID: 13934
Document Size: 13.77 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-04-06
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 14046
Document Size: 184.06 Kb