Peter Whitridge

Associate Professor
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Coordinating Editor of Advances in Arctic Archaeology

Short biographical information:

Peter Whitridge is interested in exploring novel archaeological approaches to the social, economic and ideational lives of past arctic peoples. He has conducted fieldwork in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and, most recently, Labrador, where he has focused on the southern branch of the late precontact Inuit expansion into the Eastern Arctic.

List of publications

Whitridge, Peter 2015. The sound of contact: early historic Inuit music-making in northern Labrador. North Atlantic Archaeology, in press.

Whitridge, Peter 2013. The imbrication of human and animal paths: an arctic case study. In Relational Archaeologies: Humans, Animals, Things, edited by Christopher Watts, pp. 228-244. Routledge, New York.

Whitridge, Peter 2012. Invented places: environmental imaginaries and the Inuit colonization of Labrador. In Settlement, Subsistence, and Change Among the Labrador Inuit: The Nunatsiavummiut Experience, edited by David Natcher, Lawrence Felt and Andrea Procter, pp. 43-60. University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg.

Alter, S. Elizabeth, Howard C. Rosenbaum, Lianne D. Postma, Peter Whitridge, Cork Gaines, Diana Weber, Mary G. Egan, Melissa Lindsay, George Amato, Larry Dueck, Robert L. Brownell Jr., Mads-Peter Heide-Jrgensen, Kristin L. Laidre, Gisella Caccone and Brittany L. Hancock 2012. Gene flow on ice: the role of sea ice and whaling in shaping Holarctic genetic diversity and population differentiation in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus). Ecology and Evolution 2(11): 2895–2911.

Savelle, James , Arthur Dyke, Peter Whitridge and Melanie Poupart 2012. Paleoeskimo demography on western Victoria Island, Arctic Canada: implications for social organization and longhouse development. Arctic 65(2):167-181.

Whitridge, Peter 2008. Reimagining the iglu: modernity and the challenge of the eighteenth century Labrador Inuit winter house. Archaeologies 4(2):288-309.

Whitridge, Peter 2004. Landscapes, houses, bodies, things: ‘place’ and the archaeology of Inuit imaginaries. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 11(2):213-250.

Whitridge, Peter 2004. Whales, harpoons, and other actors: actor-network theory and hunter-gatherer archaeology. In Hunters and Gatherers in Theory and Archaeology, edited by George Crothers, pp. 445- 474. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Occasional Papers.

Whitridge, Peter 2002. Social and ritual determinants of whale bone transport at a Classic Thule winter site in the Canadian Arctic. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 12(1):65-75.

Whitridge, Peter 2002. Gender, households, and the material construction of social difference: metal consumption at a Classic Thule whaling village. In Many Faces of Gender: Roles and Relationships Through Time in Indigenous Northern Communities, edited by Lisa Frink, Rita Shepard, and Gregory Reinhardt, pp. 165-192. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.