Archaeoentomological Research in the North Atlantic

Past, Present, and Future

Veronique Forbes, Frédéric Dussault, Allison Bain

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Until relatively recently, archaeoentomological research in the North Atlantic region was focused mainly on Norse and later farms in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroes, providing insights into many aspects of daily life on these settlements as well as their impacts on the local environment. Conversely, little research had been undertaken on insect fossils from hunter-gatherer settlements, save a handful of investigations from deposits associated with Saqqaq sites in Western Greenland. Over the past decade, the scope of these studies has extended to encompass new territories, time periods, and research questions. Insect remains from Palaeo- and Neo-Eskimo sites in the eastern Canadian Arctic were examined for the first time, and previously unexamined Norse and later sites have revealed new applications for archaeoentomology. This emerging body of work demonstrates the potential and importance of the continued integration of archaeoentomology in archaeological projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of the North Atlantic
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Archaeoentomological Research in the North Atlantic : Past, Present, and Future. / Forbes, Veronique; Dussault, Frédéric ; Bain, Allison.

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Forbes, Veronique ; Dussault, Frédéric ; Bain, Allison. / Archaeoentomological Research in the North Atlantic : Past, Present, and Future. In: Journal of the North Atlantic. 2014 ; Vol. 26. pp. 1-24.
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