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Nunalleq in Paris!

June 15, 2018

Edouard and Claire were at the UISPP conference in Paris presenting research on Nunalleq including subsistence technologies and animal symbolic representations.


Join the Nunalleq 2018 team this summer!

May 3, 2018

It’s still not too late to join us this summer for what promises to be the most exciting season yet!

Click here for details on the field school/volunteering and how to apply.

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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.


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.


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.


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.