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Packing continues…

March 23, 2018

Sandra, on spring break from her conservation studies in Durham, has joined Rick and Anna in the lab to help with the packing. 29433174_10204449258788431_5972940984810471424_n

With her aid the more precious artefacts are being packed, such as the full-sized masks.

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Nests of padding are built for them, each in their individual crate.

Now all the full-sized Nunalleq masks are resting in their comfy “nests”, and the cases will be used for transportation and storageing in Quinhagak.

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The Archaeological Conservancy on Nunalleq

March 19, 2018

The Archaeological Conservancy is picking up on the latest issue of American Archaeology Magazine’s article¬†on Nunalleq.

Packing procedures

March 19, 2018

The process of packing the Nunalleq artifacts for their return to Alaska begins with taking a photograph of each piece along with its catalogue number. That way we have a record of the condition of each item in the collection before it travels. This photo shows a group of decorated labrets, lip plugs probably worn by most residents at the site.

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Most of the labrets found at Nunalleq were made from wood. But this pre-packing photo shows the far less common examples made from stone, ivory and antler.

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Packing artefacts…

March 18, 2018

Anna has come from Estonia to Aberdeen for two weeks to help with the packing:

The Nunalleq collection is going back home to Quinhagak. Rick and I are working long days packing carefully the artefacts. Art objects first: dolls, masks, maskettes, mask attachments and bangles, stick dolls, labrets, gaming pieces, animal figurines, fancy hunting gear, and other pieces are already in these boxes. Day 3 out of… many.

Masks preparing to go home…

March 9, 2018

Rick has been playing with photoshop again:

A sample (not to scale) from the wooden masks found at Nunalleq, c. 1500-1600. Next week we will begin packing the collection for their journey back home to Quinhagak, Alaska.

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Nunalleq in Alaska Magazine

February 21, 2018

Alaska Magazine, March 2018, p. 24

Thank you Cheryl for sharing.

Major storm causes damage to the village

January 7, 2018

A storm with very high winds hit Quinhagak a few days before Christmas, causing much damage to people’s homes and property. The village is now seeking aid to help cope with the damages. The coastline remained intact.