For my thesis, under Dr.Lisa Rankin, I will be analysing the
faunal remains recovered during my 2009 fieldwork from an historic
Inuit sod house at Snooks Cove, near Rigolet, Labrador. This
dwelling is noted specifically in the historic records as being
occupied by an Inuit family while the site was involved in the fur
trade during the mid 19th to 20th century. Previous decades of
archaeological work have been unable to definitively link house
architecture with occupant ethnicity, because the Inuit,
Métis and European traders all lived in similar looking sod
houses at this time.
Animal bones may be a useful tool for determining criteria to archaeologically distinguish between these groups, so my thesis will investigate evidence of specific animal use patterns and butchering practices from this known Inuit occupation at Snooks Cove. Results may be used comparatively for investigating and identifying other historic sites of unknown ethnicity in Labrador to gain a better understanding of the nature of the cultural contact and change during this period.