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Crane Site and the Palaeoeskimo Period in the Western Canadian Arctic

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A report on the Crane Site (Obkv-I) a Palaeoeskimo component located along the Old Horton River Channel in the interior of the Cape Bathurst Peninsula, about 250 km east-northeast of Tuktoyaktuk. Many of the artifacts show strong affiliation, in a variety of typological categories, with the Lagoon Site on Banks Island, which was influenced by the Norton and Dorset cultures. The detailed similarities, as well as comparable material on Melville Island, provide the basis for the definition of the Lagoon complex, a regional cultural complex that existed during the period of change from the Pre-Dorset to the Dorset phases of the Palaeoeskimo continuum.

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