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Artefact of the Day 24/7

July 26, 2015

SDH_6734The artefact of the day is a toggling harpoon found by Véronique in a debris layer covering the (maybe) latest occupational phase. A very similar toggling harpoon was found by Anna they day before, it too from the same phase of occupation. Toggling harpoons were used to hunt sea mammals. A lethal and efficient hunting weapon, the toggling harpoon turns inside the animal after it’s penetrated the skin, and keeps the animal hooked on the line. Toggling harpoons are just one of the tools telling us about the highly advanced subsistence practices at Nunalleq.

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