Sweeping the floor: an archaeological examination of a multi-ethnic sod house in Labrador (FkBg-24)

Beaudoin, Matthew A. (2008) Sweeping the floor: an archaeological examination of a multi-ethnic sod house in Labrador (FkBg-24). Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The Labrador landscape is littered with the remnants of sod houses that cannot be readily associated with a specific ethnic group because of the rapid adoption of this method of construction by Labrador Inuit, Europeans and culturally-mixed families. Sod houses occupied by culturally mixed families of Labrador Inuit and Europeans, which are today known as Labrador Metis, have not previously been studied, so a nineteenth-century Labrador Metis sod house (FkBg-24) was excavated and analyzed. The results were compared with contemporary Labrador Inuit and European sites to determine the distinguishing features of early culturally mixed families and to develop an initial archaeological definition that can be used to identify Labrador Metis sod houses.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9359
Item ID: 9359
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 165-181)
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Archaeology
Date: 2008
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Excavations (Archaeology)--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Metis--Dwellings--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Sod houses--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador

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