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Artefact of the day 17/8

August 18, 2013

Ellen & uluNunalleq uluThe artefact of the day was found by Ellen in the patchy house floor of area B. It is a complete ulu with the blade still mounted to the handle. Ulu’s come in different sizes – used for different purposes. At the Nunalleq site we have found everything from tiny ulu camp ulu (modern)handles only a few centimetres long to really large ones. The most common size is the size of the one found today, about 15 cm long it fits your hand perfectly. These are also the most versatile ulus. Ulu’s have a very long history in the arctic, the earliest examples dates back over 4000 years. Ulu’s are still used in Alaska – its design ensures that the force is centred over the blade, in combination with the rounded form it is a very efficient cutting knife, easy to use with one hand. Modern ulu’s can also be bought in any tourist store in Alaska 🙂


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  1. Tricia permalink
    August 18, 2013 20:32

    The uluaq is indeed long been a marvelous and ingenious use of materials at hand. They continue to be used in subsistence in many villages and are often made of discarded saw blades or other scrap metal.

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