NgLi-2: A Franklin Site on Erebus Bay, King William Island
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Résumé (en anglais):
In the summer of 1992, a previously unrecorded site related to the last Franklin expedition was located on Erebus Bay, King William Island. Artifactual and human skeletal remains scattered across the surface of a small island were recovered in the summer of 1993. The human skeletal remains represent a minimum of eight individuals. An osteological analysis reveals that all individuals are Caucasian males. At least one individual is a subadult. Pathological conditions recorded in the remains include osteoarthritis, periostitis, and dental pathology. A number of elements have elevated lead levels. Most noteworthy is the discovery of cut marks on many of the bones, a finding suggestive of possible cannibalism. The artifacts include fragments of leather, glass, boots, copper and iron tacks and nails, buttons and fabric. Another possible Franklin site bearing the remains of three disturbed graves was located about 1.5 kilometres away.