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Artefact of the Day 28/8

August 29, 2014

IMG_4737IMG_4739The artefact of the day is an ulu (women’s knife) found by Anna – in the southwest part of our block, in a newly revealed house floor that what hiding under what we think might be an old wall. It’s not just any ulu – it’s an ulu with a ivory palraiyuk handle! This is our second palraiyuk ulu handle, a wooden one was found by Ella last year. It looks like this ulu has been intentionally broken. Ethnographic sources talk about custom of breaking personal object’s when a person has died, so maybe this suggests the ulu’s owner was deceased. 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. allemand permalink
    August 29, 2014 10:45

    BRAVO Anna!
    WONDERFUL
    Brice

    XXXX

  2. Rosemary Pilatti permalink
    August 29, 2014 14:07

    AWESOME artefact! Please define palraiyuk for readers!

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