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Scott Neilsen

Scott is entering the final year of the PhD program at Memorial. This past summer he completed his third, and final, season of fieldwork in the interior of Labrador, focusing on Ashuanipi Lake in Lab West. Survey work lead by Scott has resulted in the identification of numerous pre-contact, historic and ethnographic sites, the majority of which relate to the Innu occupation of the region. Fieldwork this past summer focused on excavation at four of these sites. Three of these four sites are multi-component sites, spanning from ca. 1600 BP thru 1980 AD. Detailed study of the lithic materials, soil samples and faunal remains from these three sites will go towards describing Innu tenure on Ashuanipi Lake, and how it has transformed through time. Comparison of these results with studies from other locations in the region will aide in the development of a profile of occupation for interior Labrador over the last 2000 years, which can then be compared to coastal descriptions developed in the 1980s and 90s. In the end, this will result in a more complete view of human occupation on the Labrador-Quebec peninsula over the last 2000 years.