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Day of uluaqs – August 12

August 13, 2017

Today we braved the elements and dug through a Bearing sea storm…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt payed off both in the amount of dirt moved and the number of artefacts retrieved. We brought two coolers full of artefacts back to the lab this evening. We haven’t found many hafted uluaqs this season, but today we found two.

The first uluaq of the day was found in a wall, next to a house post. Almost like it was placed there, or hidden away,

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The second uluaq was found by Patti in our squishy, messy context outside the most southern wall (previously, and maybe still, outer wall) of the house. In the same context Patti also found several handles and blades today. Mysterious.

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Even though it is not an uluaq, this knife must also be mentioned among todays cutting blades. It was found on the house floor of the northwestern side room, which is getting more and more pronounced, and also larger and larger. It is a finely ground and very sharp slate knife blade set into a decorated caribou antler handle.

Here’s a taste of today’s weather:

 

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