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Artefact of the day 8/8

August 9, 2012

The artefact of the day was found by Jessica in the northeastern corner of our burned house.  It is a ground stone lancet; a very sharp knife only 1.5 cm long, which was used for fine cutting work, including surgery on lips and cheeks to install labret holes.  A very similar hafted lancet blade was collected by Edward Nelson in the Yup’ik culture area in the late 19th century.  The archaeological example we recovered today may be the only other example of this rare tool.  There is a reason Jessica looks a bit like a coal miner after a day’s work; she had been digging in a heavily charred area of the burned house roof.  The outlines of this house are now emerging and these are exciting days indeed on the Nunalleq site!

Rick

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