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Faces from the Past

A Yup’ik boy contemplates anthropomorphic masks excavated from Nunalleq. Masks like these would have been worn during ceremonies, having a spiritual as well as artistic significance for the Yup’ik. Conversations over the artefacts engage young and old, and are an important new venue for trans-generational learning about traditional life-ways and knowledge. 

© This image is credited to Charlotta Hillerdal, and will be made available under Creative Commons BY 

Facing the Future

Yup’ik Elder and carver John Smith, holds a fragment of a wooden mask from Nunalleq to his face. Since the residents of Quinhagak and village corporation Qanirtuuq Inc. invited archaeologists to the village to investigate the Nunalleq site, archaeology has become part of village life and is paving new ways of accessing Yup’ik cultural heritage. With so little previous archaeological work in this area, this is the first time that the Yup’ik people have encountered the tangible remains of their pre-contact past on this scale.

© This image is credited to Sven Haakanson, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Status and Social Networks

A set of amber beads lying in situ at the site. Amber is not a common find at Nunalleq, and would have been a rare and highly prestigious material in this part of the world. The closest known amber sources are Chirikof Island southwest of Kodiak or Unalaska. This find is not only significant in its rarity and beauty, but because it also demonstrates the long-distance trade and contact networks that operated in pre-contact coastal Alaska.

© This image is credited to Rick Knecht, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Sherlock Holmes Fan Art

Fan art includes many mediums, including comics, illustrations, and fan art based on film and television adaptations. This piece is '221 Tea' by Jackie Goodrum (2016) based on the set of BBC Sherlock

The Science of the Past

Archaeologist and North-West Pacific specialist Dr. Madonna Moss, analyses fish bones from Nunalleq with children from Quinhagak. The central goal of our project is not only to investigate and understand the effects of past climatic change on pre-contact ecosystems, but to also use this data to inform and empower the present.

© This image is credited to Renee Ronzone, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Using digital technology to preserve Holocaust memory and places

New research, led by the University of Leeds, is exploring how to link 360-degree photography of the site to relevant archive material such as films, photographs, diaries, news footage and oral testimonies, to create an interactive and immersive virtual environment.

Precision Farming and Archaeology

Archaeologists study the impacts of human activity on the ‘natural’ world, and some of the most common impacts of buried, known and unknown, sites can be seen as crop or soil marks across agricultural landscapes. At the same time 21st century farmers are now mapping their fields to tailor their inputs, such as fertilisers, to specific soil needs. But nobody has ever asked the question, how do these two different disciplinary approaches interconnect?