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A day off in Quinhagak

July 13, 2015

The end of week 1 at Nunalleq was busy and productive, and the call to pack it up on Saturday evening was a welcome one as we all looked forward to sleeping in and relaxing on our Sunday off. The only job for our field students today was to clean out the Quonset hut where they sleep, which they did admirably, and were then rewarded with a fishing trip led by Mike. From the happy faces and full bags that returned to camp this evening, the trip appeared to be a success!


Seton and her trout


Sean with his king salmon.

There was lots of exciting happenings back in camp as well, as amongst the laundry and catching up on work, our coolers have finally arrived!! After two+ weeks in transit and 12 days behind schedule, we finally have all our gear for the next 5 weeks of our excavation. Important amongst the boxes used to protect and ship our artefacts was the equipment Vero and Paul need for their ecological sampling, which they are eager to begin. And perhaps most important of all, everyones personal gear! It might only be a slight exaggeration to say that a few hardened archaeologists had a tear in their eye when they finally got their hands on their trusty trowel. Not to mention the joy of knowing tomorrow everyone can wear their own waterproofs!

Coolers and crew members!

Coolers and crew members!

The evening was spent unpacking the supplies and organising our processing lab back at camp, and then we sat down to a delicious salmon chowder. Cheryl really does spoil us! During dinner Ellen and Edouard arrived, relatively unscathed despite one lost bag left behind somewhere in Paris, and tomorrow we will go back into the field with our biggest crew yet!


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  1. Marilyn F. permalink
    July 13, 2015 22:34

    What a nice Sunday you all had. And to have all your own gear . . . heavenly. Good luck with the dig this next week!!!

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