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Nunalleq at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting 2015

April 27, 2015

We are breaking the silence with a greeting from California, more precisely San Francisco, where this years annual SAA (Society for American Archaeology) meeting/conference were held. The Alaska project had a session of it’s own at the conference – Human-Environment Interactions & Human Ecology in Western Alaska, and a large part of the team was represented, including Qanirtuuq Inc. by Lynn who flew all the way from Quinhagak to give her talk.

Charlotta, Ana, Lynn, Rick, Paul, Vero, Kate, Maanasa

Charlotta, Ana, Lynn, Rick, Paul, Vero, Kate, Maanasa

The project researchers were joined by Maanasa Raghavan who participated on a large study on the genetic prehistory of Alaska which included hair samples from Nunalleq. Rick gave an overview of the site and western alaskan archaeology, Kate spoke about dietary practices among Nunalleq’s human and canine inhabitants, Paul showed what plant remains can tell us about every day life at the site, Ana talked about the different pottery techniques used at Nunalleq, Véronique shared her discoveries of different activity areas based on bug remains, Charlotta discussed archaeology as Yup’ik heritage, and Lynn told us about archaeology and cultural preservation from the perspective of Quinhagak and the people local to the site. Overall it was a very interesting session, even for us who work on the project, and needless to say we had a great time in San Francisco.


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