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

INSTAAR Occasional Paper 29

1979, 61 pp. (cost: $5)

Site descriptions and locations are presented for 79 radiocarbon dated samples from Baffin Island, NWT, Canada that have not been reported in previous date lists (Andrews and Drapier, 1967; Andrews and Miller, 1972; Andrews, 1975; Andrews, 1976). The samples were collected from eastern and central Baffin Island between latitudes 62 and 72°N and longitudes 61 and 76°W. The largest percentages of dates are from sites on northern Cumberland Peninsula, Cumberland Sound, and Frobisher Bay. The dates are nearly evenly divided between marine shells and plant remains, plus three dates on whale bone. Most of the shell dates fall between 8000 and 11,000 BP with an additional group between 44,000 and 51,000 BP, reflecting the predominance of marine deposits in these time ranges. The list includes multiple dates on successive leaches of a single shell collection, interlaboratory checks and organic/inorganic carbon comparisons. Dates on plant remains are more varied and range between 0 and 10,000 BP with an additional group between 38,000 and 50,000 BP.

The dates are presented by geographic location using the 1:250,000 Canadian NTS map series. Individual samples are located both by latitude and longitude as well as the 10 × 10 km UTMG grid system. In all cases, locations are based on the most recent issue of the 1:250,000 map series. Grid locations are given by a pair of three digit figures, the first referring to 102 m eastings, the latter to 102 m northings. A separate listing of dates in chronological order is also provided.

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