About time: chronological variation as seen in the burial features at Ipiutak, Point Hope
|Newton, Jennifer I. M.
|Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2002
|The burials at Ipiutak, Point Hope, Alaska, are best known for their spectacular grave goods and burial practices, considered by the excavators to be suggestive of a 'ghost cult', and more recently to be evidence of social complexity. Collections from the National Museum of Denmark, the American Museum of Natural History, and the University of Alaska Museum are studied and re-inventoried, and burial features on the Ipiutak peninsula are re-mapped. Examination of burial practices reveals four burial types, defined in terms of the structure and organization of associated wood. Differences between burial types and variation in artifact inventories are ascribed to taphonomic processes, and to variation in mortuary behavior over time. Accelerator Mass Spectronomy dates support the view that the cemetery was formed over at least 500 years, and reflects long term site use rather than differences in gender and social status.
|About time: chronological variation as seen in the burial features at Ipiutak, Point Hope