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Piecing together the past

February 19, 2017

It has been a busy winter in the Alaska lab.

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Here the conservation team is reconstructing pottery vessels and putting catalogue numbers onto wooden artefacts. 

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Here you can see a pottery vessel being reconstructed. 

Reconstructing a vessel takes a lot of patience, and requires a steady hand. First the joining pieces are glued together, and then the gaps and cracks are filled with a coloured plaster. The plaster is tinted in a way that the original fragments can still be easily distinguished. That way you can see for yourself how much of the vessel is original, and what had to bee ‘imagined’ by the skilled conservator. The process is reversible in that the pot can be taken apart again if necessary. The vessel on the picture is one of several almost complete pots recovered from Nunalleq.

Rick

 

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