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Growing Greenland's archaeologists

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Science  11 Nov 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6313, pp. 700
DOI: 10.1126/science.354.6313.700

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Greenland has a preponderance of archaeological sites but few home-grown archaeologists in the 60,000-person country to excavate and study artifacts. Several reasons are behind the problem: Elders in the society tend to prioritize professions like medicine or law, for one, and the University of Greenland in Nuuk, the one institution on the island, lacks an archaeology department. A handful of young archaeologists, however, are hoping to pioneer work in this area and publish some findings in Greenlandic, an Inuit tongue.

  • * in Tasilikulooq, in Greenland