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Find of the Day (Year?) 20/7

July 21, 2015

The find of the day was found by Lindsey and Seton just outside the house in the northeast of our excavation block. It’s a wooden mask with ivory insets and beard/whiskers made out of human hair & walrus whiskers. It is a walrus transformation mask, with a face between man and walrus, and it looks like it might have been colored, or dyed, with red ochre. The find caused turmoil among our otherwise ordered crew – and amazingly enough it was done just when Warren was out to visit the site. Needless to say this is the most unique artefact find we’ve had at the site this year – and for the entire Nunalleq excavation.


You can share in our excitement in this video where Lindsey and Seton, with the aid of Rick, recover the mask from the soil to let it meet the daylight – for the first time in centuries.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marjorie permalink
    July 21, 2015 11:15

    I keep using the word awesome, but there may not be another word that actually describes the feeling of respect and amazement when I see the beautiful skilled work of a craftsman, who like most craftsmen may have hoped his work could last longer than his or her lifetime and now has succeded in sending a message through time and the hazards of war and climate change.

  2. Marjorie permalink
    July 21, 2015 11:24

    PS. I actually do get up in the middle of the night to read the posts. I have so much respect and admiration for all of you as well.
    I was quite fond of Downton Abbey, but in my mind, your blog and expedition are far more fascinating.
    Thank you.

  3. Marilyn permalink
    July 21, 2015 13:42

    Oh, congratulations!!! You all are doing such important and incredible work. The mask is just amazing and beautiful. It is exciting to be reading about your work there and I appreciate your posts. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Thanks!

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