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Back in Quinhagak!

July 3, 2019

We are back for the 2019 field season at Nunalleq! With the dig site stabilized, we will spend our time working through the remainder of the nearly 100,000 pieces in the collection. In the coming weeks, the crew will focus on conserving finds from the 2017-2018 field seasons, cataloguing artifacts, and exploring possible new sites along the Arolik river.


Anna with artifacts that need cataloguing

There is a lot of work to be done, but we have already finished cleaning the last wooden artifacts on the second day; they will now take a thirty-day soak in polyethylene glycol (PEG) to stabilize and preserve them:


PEG…Do not drink!



Rick hard at work and looking quite professorial


Crew Working

Washing artifacts: scrub, rinse, repeat



Current work progress. Wooden artifacts resting in PEG after being washed

So far, we’ve had plenty of visitors stop by, including village elders and Freya Hoffmeister—a German kayaker currently circumnavigating North America.

As always, it’s the perfect time to be back in Quinhagak: salmon is running, and salmon berries will be ready in a few days. Until then, we’ll keep working 🙂




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