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Patty Wells


Patty Wells is a PhD student researching the bone, antler and ivory industry from the Middle Dorset Paleoeskimo site of Phillip’s Garden, in northwestern Newfoundland. In particular she is interested in the spatial and temporal distribution of tool types on the site as an indication of social organization around activities. Furthermore, she is documenting the manufacture of these tools, including the materials selected and the techniques used in their fabrication. Representational or artistic objects are of special interest as they reflect ideological aspects of the Dorset people in Newfoundland. These findings will be broadly compared to contemporary Dorset material culture elsewhere in the eastern Arctic. Ms. Wells’ other research interests include archaeological theory, particularly landscape approaches to understanding cultural expression, and zooarchaeology.