Ca. 7,000 year old caribou mandible from the Tingmiukpuk archaeological site in Gates of the Arctic National Park. NPS photo by Jeff Rasic

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2021 Alaska Archaeology Month

Date Posted: April 5, 2021       Categories: Uncategorized

The final poster for the 2021 Alaska Archaeology Month is “Stone”.

“Ace geologists since ancient times, for millennia Alaskans have been prospecting for the most special rocks to craft into essential tools.”

The poster highlights several Alaska Native language terms for special rocks, minerals, and tools made of stone (e.g., uyangaх̑, or tuff, used in the Aleutian Islands for carving oil lamps; ivisaaq, or red ochre, used to coat snowshoes and tool handles in northern Alaska; or cheh chii, the Gwich’in term for stone fishing net sinkers).

This is the third in a series of posters focused on essential raw materials across time and cultures in Alaska. It follows “wood” and “antler.”

The Alaska Anthropological Association and NPS are happy to invite those interested in the new poster to submit an application to acquire a copy for free. Please let us know or contact directly: Jeff Rasic, Jeff_Rasic@nps.gov

 

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