The Dorset: An Enigma

  title={The Dorset: An Enigma},
  author={Jay W. Palmer},
  journal={North American Archaeologist},
  pages={201 - 222}
  • J. Palmer
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • Linguistics
  • North American Archaeologist
There has been much discussion on the origin of the Dorset people and their demise. Using genetic, linguistic, archaeological, and ethnographic information, a scenario is presented suggesting that Proto-Dorset separated about 4500 B.P. from other speakers of the Arctic-Siberian Phylum to migrate to the eastern Canadian and Greenland Arctic. About 3500 B.P., they merged with other migrants to form the Pre-Dorset and, beginning around 2500 B.P., with some Proto-Algonquian people to form the… 



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