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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.


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.


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.


Happy New Year 2018!

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year from the Nunalleq team.

And… if you are now starting to make your plans for 2018, a little reminder might be in order: You can become part of our excavation or lab team in the summer, and contribute to the amazing research and culture preservation done within our project.

Click here for more information on the field school and how to apply.