Excavation of an Inuit House

The excavation site of an Inuit home in Hare Harbor, Quebec, Canada
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center

Excavations between 2002 through 2011 at Hare Harbor have shown that this site was a whaling and fishing station occupied by Basque and Inuit assistants ca. 1680-1730. Archaeologists have uncovered a cookhouse, a blacksmith shop, and the remains of several Inuit winter houses like the one seen here.   

Learn more about what has been recovered at Hare Harbor and how it has helped scientists understand the early whaling community and its occupants.