Mountain Living: Frozen Artifacts and Alpine Archaeology in the Mackenzie Mountains of NWT

September 17, 2014. University of Calgary Room ES 162. 7:30pm

Todd Kristensen

Recently discovered ice patch artifacts from Yukon and NWT have revealed a wealth of unique information about prehistoric hunting in high altitude areas. My PhD dissertation examines the broader context of alpine adaptations through excavations at mountain lakes and rivers in the vicinity of ice patch artifact locales. Results from three summers of excavations reveal that ice patch hunting could be a high-risk and labour intensive task but measures were taken to buffer potential failures.