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Artefact of the Day 7/7

July 8, 2015

IMG_9290The artefact of the day was found by Seton in the turf layer in the eastern trench. It is a nephrite (Alaska jade) drill bit. Those of you who followed the blog over the years know that we have a few objects made from nephrite – mainly drill bits of different sizes. These artefacts are interesting not only because they are unique to Nunalleq, and can be seen as part of a tool set for a Nunalleq craftsman, but also because nephrite is sourced from Kobuk river – in the far north of Alaska. Thus they are signs of long distance trade, or at least contact, and an important piece in the puzzle we try to put together here in Nunalleq.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Marjorie permalink
    July 8, 2015 13:20

    Awesome! I hope you have that experience many more times, this summer and throughout your career.

  2. Marilyn permalink
    July 8, 2015 14:57

    Super cool . . . from looking at the pictures, its looks like you guys are getting a lot of work done. Can’t wait to see what you find next.

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