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A farewell to the site

August 16, 2018

Thursday last week we recorded the last elevations on site – the bottom of the house pits dug into natural and the original sod walls… On Sunday parts of the crew and a number of outside guests in town for the Culture Centre opening (16 people in total) just made it out of Quinhagak before the planes stopped flying for three days. A strong Bering Sea storm hit Quinhagak, the first autumn storm of the year. We finished the site just in time! The storm would have destroyed the site but for a bank of sandbags we had installed last year. As it was the block was overwashed and flooded with nearly a meter of sea water. A thick layer of beach sand was dumped into the site all the way back to the inland wall. If this had happened in the last weeks of excavations it would have brought our work to a standstill. Very lucky timing! At the same time it shows how very vulnerable the site is to the continuing erosion.

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