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Artefact of the Day July 24

July 25, 2018

The artefact of the day is an amber bead. It is a rare find at the site, and amber was a rare commodity in Native Alaska, and amber was a valuable trade item. We have found amber beads in previous seasons, but none of this size. It is about a cm long.


This bead was found by Rick when he was excavating a large looters pit that has been dug through the cultural deposits in the ‘new block’. The looters pit can be dated to the 90’s thanks to drinks cans. There’s also advertisements for the ‘new’ Willy Wonka movie, and marlboro light cigarette buts. However, the looters missed the bead.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Marilyn F. permalink
    July 25, 2018 22:38

    That is quite beautiful and so glad the looters missed it and you found it. Congrats on such a wonderful find.

  2. Rose Pilatti permalink
    July 27, 2018 03:02

    WoW! Amber beads rate high for me as coolest finds! Thanks for all the sharing in this blog! I think about the Nunalleq residents’ life all the time, usually while weeding garden. I enjoy their artistry No text All pictures sculptures work /home tools tell their story w out words All the best to you Rose P Nikiski AK

  3. D Dunaway permalink
    July 27, 2018 07:12

    is there a way to determine where the bead or amber came from? This whole project is amazing and fascinating.

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