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Artefact of the day 10/8

August 11, 2012

The artefact of the day was found by Andrius in the house floor in the southwestern part of our excavation area. It is a harpoon stretcher, an artefact we recognise thanks to the ethnographic material. This particular object is interesting because of the anthropomorphic decoration on the shaft. At least three different faces can identified depending on the angle you look at it; fish, human and another animal. Figures like these are not unusual in Yup’ik art, and reflect the Yup’ik conception of the world, where the borders between animal and human are ambiguous.

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  1. August 12, 2012 22:54

    Plenty of artefacts in that permafrost! Congratulations.
    Best wishes from Revolution House, Andrius!

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