At Nunalleq, a pre-contact Yup’ik Eskimo village site in Alaska (14th-17th Century AD), abundant insect remains from highly organic substrates preserved within permafrost offer a unique opportunity to investigate past ecological and living conditions. This paper presents the preliminary results obtained from the analysis of two samples collected from floor layers in sod houses. The numerous and diverse insect remains highlight the exciting potential of archaeoentomology for reconstructing past ecological conditions, resource exploitation and the use of space at northern hunter-gatherer sites and have permitted the development of a strategy for the future collection of archaeoentomological data at permafrost-preserved sites in Alaska and elsewhere.
- Pre-contact Alaska
Forbes, V., Britton, K., & Knecht, R. (2015). Preliminary archaeoentomological analyses of permafrost-preserved cultural layers from the pre-contact Yup’ik Eskimo site of Nunalleq, Alaska: implications, potential and methodological considerations. Environmental Archaeology, 20(2), 158-167. https://doi.org/10.1179/1749631414Y.0000000037