Icebreaker Beach Site

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Culture(s) Arctic Small Tool Tradition
Temporal Period(s) Pre-Dorset Period

Summary Details

Borden Number: QkHn-13
Location: Northeast Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada (Approx. 75° 41' 46" N, 84° 34' 55" W)
Period: Pre-Dorset Period
Date Range: circa 1800 BC


  • Helps define the distribution of early Palaeo-Eskimo occupation and artifact types in the Canadian Arctic
  • Unusual preservation resulted in exceptional organic artifact assemblage
  • Rare example of early Palaeo-Eskimo anthropomorphic carving

Research History

Site Discovery

  • Documented as part of the University of Calgary Department of Archaeology research programme in the North Devon Lowlands (Helmer 1984; 1987; 1991)

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Current Investigations


Formation and Occupational History

Material Culture

Helmer 1991:

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