Given the importance of dogs to northern culture and their intertwined relationship to humans, this research project is designed to address questions related to the timing and spread of dogs from Asia to Alaska and Canada/Greenland and the development of local breeds. Using modern genetic methods to extract DNA from tooth and bone remains from well dated archaeological contexts in combination with radiocarbon-dating and analysis of recent samples, the PIs propose to (1) Provide a detailed temporal-spatial analysis of dog remains across the North American Arctic, (2) analyze the genetic history of prehistoric, contact period, and modern Arctic dogs using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the Y chromosome, and (3) contribute to anthropological and archaeological discussions concerning the movements and cultural interactions of indigenous peoples across the north.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Polar Programs (PLR)
Type
Standard Grant (Standard)
Application #
1108175
Program Officer
Anna Kerttula de Echave
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$307,288
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California Davis
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Davis
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
95618