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Radiocarbon Date List III: Baffin Island, N.W.T., Canada

INSTAAR Occasional Paper 21

1976, 50 pp.

Eighty-five new radiocarbon dates are described and located for the coast of east Baffin Island between latitudes 66° and 72°N. The dates are clustered in Cumberland Peninsula and in the area between Cape Henry Kater, Clyde Fiord, and Scott Inlet. The greatest number of samples are on buried soils and/or peats. The majority of these date from the Neoglacial, although a number have 14C ages of between 8,000 to 11,000 BP and one is slightly older than 50,000 BP (probably a minimum age). Marine shells constitute the second major class of sample material. A significant number of these samples date between 35,000 and 48,000 BP with another subset dating between 8,000 and 10,000 BP. Samples are located by (1) 1:250,000 NTS Map Sheet, (2) latitude and longitude, and (3) UTMG reference system. This last method is based on identification within 10 × 10 km grid squares marked on the Canadian 1:250,000 map sheets. The grid location is given by a six-digit reference accurate to ±100 m. This is an easier method for locating sites than latitude and longitude coordinates.

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