The artefact of the day was actually found by Véro – but as it was a basket she asked Tricia to excavate it. Tricia is our on-site basket & grass expert (although she doesn’t liked to be referred to as an expert), and with a patience that most of us lack (when it comes to woven grass), she always manages to get the fragile artefacts out in one piece.
Except for possibly missing its strap, this basket is a complete fish bag – issran – for carrying fish
Yesterday we reached the magic number 3000 – which means 1000 artefacts fine enough to get their own point provenience recorded. It’s a record for a Nunalleq season – by far, and we’re still adding to the collection. In the picture you see the thousand artefact – a point sheath (a fine, but somewhat disappointing find to Véro who thought artefact no. 1000 aught to be something more spectacular), found by Celeste in our large house floor – context no. 100 ;) .
It’s all about dolls these days… The artefact of the day is a doll found by Celeste in the large house floor that couvers almost the whole eastern part of our block (what may be the older phase men’s house). This particular doll is wearing labrets, in the form of insets made of calcium. It is the only doll we’ve found with insets, so he is very fancy – no wonder he is so happy.
Even though Sunday was our day off, we have an artefact of the day since Véro and Charlotta went out at lunch time to ‘finish’ some things – and returned nine hours later… The artefact of the day was found by Véro, who was exposing house floor in the northwest end of our block. It is a grumpy peg doll (Véro is making the same face in the picture). It is a slightly unspectacular artefact of the day since either of the two were ‘finishing’ house floor. Charlotta worked in a debris built up against our most substantial wall in the north west of the block – the northern wall of our our large room (probably men’s house). Her most impressive find was ice. Lot’s of ice -in the bottom of a post hole. This is a reminder that the permafrost is still there waiting for us – although we haven’t had much frozen ground this year. Maybe we will not get down to it this season – we only have four digging days left.
The artefact of the day is a doll that was found by Rick in his little side room south of the main house (a short boardwalk showed us the whereabouts of this room). Rick’s room has been packed with artifacts, but one of the more spectacular ones is this doll. It has rather alien features, it once had arms, and this is the only doll we’ve found at the site that had arms. The peg on its base suggests that it might have been mounted on a mask.
The artefact of the day was found by Jessie in the house floor from the earlier period house – the house floor that connects the different rooms created in a later phase of the site’s life. It is an ivory belt fastener. It has markings on it that are typical for Bering Sea artwork, including the ravens foot – a symbol that also seems to be used as a ownership mark on many of our objects.