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Join the Nunalleq team this summer!

February 27, 2023

This year you have the opportunity to join our research team in the conservation lab, or, if you like to get your nose dirty, out in the excavation trench. Find more information and apply HERE.

Rick receives Friends of First Alaskans Ted Stevens Award

November 21, 2022

Our one and only Rick Knecht has been honoured with this year’s Friends of First Alaskans Ted Stevens Award, a well deserved acknowledgment of all the important archaeological work Rick has done in Alaska over the last 40 years. This Saturday he received it during the First Alaskans Institute 2022 Smokehouse Gala in Anchorage. Congratulations Rick!

When you open the drawers…

July 5, 2022

A peek inside one of the collection room drawers at the Nunalleq Museum in Quinhagak. Nearly 500 dolls/human figurines were found at the Nunalleq site. Some were used as toys, as well as in a wide variety of religious and ceremonial functions. Most were made from wood, then painted and provided with fur clothing, which remains intact on several of the dolls in the collection.

Nunalleq Season of 2022

June 29, 2022

After two seasons with very little on-site research due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nunalleq researchers will be back in Quinhagak this summer with various projects. The season started already in May when Charlotta and Alice went to Quinhagak for a week to do some work for their Nunalleq Digital Museum-project. You can read about it on Alice’s blog.

Alice scanning her 200th artefact of the week

Currently, Rick is in Quinhagak, where he will soon be joined by volunteers working on the remaining cataloguing of the collection. They will have their work cut out for them this summer. Other research activities will include continued surveying and some test pitting, and in August Charlotta and Alice returns (brining with them Anna) for a couple of weeks of community workshops for the digital museum. Busy summer, so keep an eye out for updates 🙂

Ending with an image from Rick:

“Yup’ik dance group rehearsal tonight at the Nunalleq Museum in Quinhagak, Alaska. I’m guessing that this may be one of the only museum conservation labs in the world that converts into a dance floor in the evenings”

Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs by Ann Williams

November 8, 2021

This month’s National Geographic cover story that features the Nunalleq site was based on a new book by Ann Williams; Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World. Ann visited Quinhagak and the Nunalleq excavation in 2015, and wrote the first National Geographic Magazine story about the site following her visit.

National Geographic Magazine has named Nunalleq one of 100 archaeological ‘wonders of the World’

November 3, 2021

In their November issue National Geographic Magazine select Nunalleq to be one among 100 archaeological discoveries that ‘have expanded our understanding of human history’. What an amazing recognition!

Nunalleq in New York Times

November 2, 2021

Nunalleq is featuring in a COP26 related article in New York Times today ‘As Earth Warms, Human History is Melting Away‘.

Nunalleq and the little Ice Age educating youtube :)

April 21, 2021

Nunalleq and the Little Ice Age is featuring in a fabulous new episode on the PSB show Eons. Enjoy!

Archaeological Institute of America Award: Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

January 12, 2021

Last Thursday on the AIA award ceremony, we were very proud receivers of the Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology Award 2021 for our Educational Resource:

Nunalleq PhD-success

December 17, 2020

Our own Anna Mossolova recently passed her PhD-defence on Yup’ik mask making traditions with a well-deserved distinction. Congratulations Anna!

You can find a pdf-version of her dissertation here.