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Back in Quinhagak

June 29, 2017

I’m currently on route to Quinhagak, but Rick is already there since a few days, and has had a first few encounters with the site:


The erosion face on the Nunalleq site as it appeared yesterday. It has nearly reached the wall tent where we do our artefact processing and is only about 2 meters from the edge of our excavation block. Since we began work in 2009, the shoreline has retreated more than 30 feet. Our 2009 and 2010 excavation blocks are long gone.


Mike Smith checks the shoreline for artefacts near the Nunalleq site. Since our last visit in 2016, the shoreline has eroded considerably. The grass on the beach isn’t growing there naturally, but is coming from clumps of tundra that have fallen into the sea as the erosion face is undercut.


A hide needle made from caribou antler from the Nunalleq site, c. 1600. If you look closely you can see an ownership mark. The slotted end may have held a small cutting blade. This piece was found by Qanirtuuq village corporation workers while getting the site ready for the excavation. So far about 50 artefacts have been found and donated by people in Quinhagak. Everyone had kept their pieces properly wrapped in plastic or floating in water to keep them from drying before they are conserved. Well done everyone!

Rick (via Charlotta)

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