800 AD to 1250 AD
Inuit first arrived at Iqaluktuuq, they probably met Late
Dorset people, who Inuit call Tuniit. Tuniit were
very different from Inuit, and shortly after the two societies
met, Tuniit disappeared from the area. However, they left several
large sites, including the largest summer gathering site in
all of Nunavut. This site contains three “longhouses” built
of boulders, as well as 17 hearth rows. Late Dorset houses
were not as large as Thule, but were dug into the surrounding
earth to add warmth. Dorset people are famous for their artwork,
and several examples have been recovered from the Late Dorset
period at Iqaluktuuq.
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