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Artefact of the Day 25/7

July 27, 2015

SDH_6599IMG_5369The artefact of the day was discovered by Yolana in the debris that covers the older occupational phases. It is a fragment of a full sized mask, and you can still see the paint. Masks held a lot of power, and were often discarded – broken or destroyed – after use. Most masks and masquettes that we have found at Nunalleq are fragmented. The two full sized whole masks we have uncovered at the site are entirely unique in an archaeological context.

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  1. Colleen permalink
    July 27, 2015 04:36

    Nope – not entirely unique. The Karluk 1 site had more than one full facial mask, recovered in context and linked to solid dates. Including the famous Owl Mask. Buy a copy of Kalu’unek – From Karluk, just out this month from the Alutiiq Museum and you’ll see them. So many similarities in the artifact assemblages of Nullaleq and Karluk 1.

  2. Colleen permalink
    July 27, 2015 04:38

    Sorry! Typo – Nunalleq and Karluk 1

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