The hamlet of Paulatuk, an Inuvialuit community in the Northwest Territories, sits adjacent from Darnley Bay in the Amundsen Gulf and at last count recorded just over 300 residents.
Just east of the community lies the Tuktut Nogait National Park where Parks Canada holds one of its more remote outposts. And it's at this park, the CBC reports, that a number of ancient graves dating anywhere between 400 and 1,000 years ago have recently been found. Under a pile of flat stones, at least four skeletons rest in a series of aboveground graves, a discovery that has inspired park management to include them in a research project planned for this summer.
The project's goal is to try to learn more about the people whose bones dot the landscape in order to better map the history and heritage of the people who inhabit the land.
But, as the article notes, the same graves that are new to Parks Canada have long been common knowledge amongst the Inuvialuit people.
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