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Artefact of the day 7/7

July 8, 2017

The artefact of the day is dedicated to Ann Williams, who wrote the fantastic Nunalleq-article in National Geographic.


Ann Williams’ artefact of the day June 7th

It is a full size mask representing a seal. It was found by Sandra and Charlotta, face down just above a very rich housefloor. Maybe it fell down from a shelf? What is really interesting with the mask is that we recognise the nose from artefacts found in earlier seasons. The three lines have been used as an ownership marks on household artefacts, and is also appearing repeatedly on labrets. We are thinking it represents a family, or family group that we can follow through the generations of occupation in Nunalleq – the seal people đŸ™‚


Excavating the mask


Charlotta with the mask

This one is for you Ann!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marilyn F. permalink
    July 8, 2017 13:50

    What a nice find and good of you to dedicate the Mask to Ann. She must be pleased. Interesting that a nose would be significant in showing a family link through generations. It seems its the small details that matter. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mike permalink
    July 9, 2017 03:49

    That’s fabulous, folks; thankfully well-preserved.

  3. Henry Ciskowski permalink
    July 15, 2017 02:18

    I am proud of all you folks using your intellect, tools, due diligence, and curiosity to bring to light these fascinating discoveries. Koodos and keep up the inspiring work.

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