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Deep holes and mystery cuts

July 14, 2017


Today has been a bit confusing… The middle of the trench has turned into a hole due to a deep cut that we haven’t figured out the function of yet. Similar, but less deep and substantial, cuts have appeared at several places in house floors. They are probably the result of repairs and remodeling.


We also have had more boards turning up. Boardwalks under boardwalks – yet another suggestion of the architectural continuity of this house. We are starting to think that this house has been occupied under a longer time period, due to very deep floors, substantial foundations for boards etc., and the continuity throughout different architectural phases. It will be interesting to see what the C14 dates tell us.


VĂ©ro and Charlotta discussing confusing contexts…


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marilyn F. permalink
    July 15, 2017 16:09

    A mystery is good for all . . . keeps one on their toes!

  2. Henry Ciskowski permalink
    July 16, 2017 03:24

    Question,…have any boardwalk wood piece samples been sent to Aberdeen or a lab for dating yet? or the type of wood, is it an endemic species or brought from elsewhere? How was the wood tooled?

    • November 21, 2017 11:12

      Hello Henry, apologies for the VERY late reply, I didn’t realise until now that there were a bunch of comments awaiting approval that hadn’t showed up in the usual comments folder… All the wood at Nunalleq is driftwood, which means there is no telling how old it was when it was used in Nunalleq. Therefore we don’t use wood for dating, but seeds and animal bones instead. Some of the wood used for artefacts have been identified for spieces and turned out to be spruce, however they probably did a selection for most suitable wood, and some of the structural wood seem to be hardwood. The wood have been shaped by lithic tools.

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