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Nunalleq uluaqs

April 4, 2019

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This uluaq was recovered in the 2018 field season.  It is still hafted into its original wooden handle. If you look closely at the slate blade you’ll see that it has been hollow ground, much like a modern steel knife.

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This small uluaq was probably used in a sewing kit rather than splitting salmon. The wooden handle was originally painted with bright red ocher pigment, and further decorated with five insets of white calcite. The ground slate blade is highly polished and very sharp.

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