Beatrix J.Y.M. Arendt

Ph.D. Alumni


Inuit; missions,  colonialism; household archaeology; community archaeology; Labrador, Canada.

Dissertation Title

Gods, Goods and Big Game: The Archaeology of Labrador Inuit Choices in an Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century. Ph.D.

My dissertation project is on the archaeological study of cultural interactions of German Moravian missionaries and Inuit peoples in the 18th and 19th centuries, in Labrador, Canada.

I investigate how material remains within households changed or remained the same after the arrival of the missionaries, and whether this also serves as an indication for ideological changes. I also plan to incorporate a community archaeology program that will provide a cultural experience for Inuit high school students.

Current Activities & Location

Curator of Archaeological Collections at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville VA