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An Early Holocene Site in the Siberian High Arctic
Vladimir V. Pitul'ko
Vol. 30, No. 1 (1993), pp. 13-21
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40316326
Page Count: 9
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The results of excavations at an early Holocene site on Zhokov Island in the De-Long Archipelago of the Siberian High Arctic are reported. The site's terrain and paleogeographic characteristics are discussed. Thirteen semisubterranean house pits were identified and excavations were carried out in two of them. The artifact assemblage reflects a Mesolithic association, with microblades, bone and antler inset tools, and groundstone adzes. Radiocarbon analyses indicate a date for the cultural layer of about 7900 B. P. Faunal remains indicate a hunting economy relying mainly on reindeer and polar bear. The significance of the site in terms of the early penetration of the High Arctic by a continental hunting culture is discussed, with a commentary on the state of knowledge about early Holocene cultural complexes in Northeast Siberia.
Arctic Anthropology © 1993 University of Wisconsin Press