Morten Meldgaard, 2004
Ancient Harp Seal Hunters of Disko Bay.

In 1983 Qasigiannguit Museum, Greenland, undertook systematic surveys in order to identify and map the municipality’s archaeological remains and cultural heritage. One evening in August Bjarne Grønnow and Aappa Magnussen, finalizing a day’s survey work in Sydostbugten, moored their small boat at the easternmost point of the Qeqertasussuk island. They climbed the raised beaches that connect a small knoll with the island proper and there on the ridge they discovered stone tools of Saqqaq Culture type and stone set fireplaces. In itself the discovery of traces from the first people to inhabit West Greenland was interesting, but the most exciting finds were revealed in the eroding profile along the northern shore where the sea had exposed permafrozen midden deposits with extraordinarily well preserved bones, wood, baleen and feathers. A carbon -14 dating confirmed that the midden deposits were in fact of Saqqaq Culture origin. It was clear that a fortunate combination of permafrost and a protective vegetation cover had preserved the site with what appeared to be both habitation areas and midden deposits, providing a unique opportunity to study these early settlers and their daily life. Qasigiannguit Museum realized the site’s research potential and launched a major interdisciplinary project with the Greenland National Museum, the Danish National Museum and the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen as principal collaborators.
Today all artefacts from Qeqertasussuk are stored at Qasigiannguit Museum, while the faunal material, according to a general agreement between the National Museum of Greenland and the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, is stored at the Zoological museum in Copenhagen.