Port Clarence Field work

In late June I traveled up to Nome with a couple of students where we met additional crew members.  From there we headed out to Port Clarence, a former Coast Guard station located at the tip of Point Spencer.  The rest of the crew was already there having flown directly from Fairbanks.   We had […]

Lower Columbia Figurines: Part II

Post by Dianna Woolsey, PSU graduate student In my previous post, I described the unusual clay figurines that have been found in the Lower Columbia: simple incised anthropomorphic tablets, and finely-sculptured zoomorphic items described as pipe bowls or club heads.  Neither of these artifact types seems to resemble the clay objects reported from other areas […]

Bering Strait Trade Systems – New Info from Cape Espenberg

I am a bit late in posting this “new” information about metal artifacts from research at Cape Espenberg, but another article on Cooper’s Alaskan copper research reminded me about the preliminary metal analysis results. Metal artifacts found in the oldest house we excavated, dated to about 1000 years ago, were sent to Kory Cooper at Purdue […]

Towards an Ethical Archaeology

Post by Courtney Eastman, PSU undergraduate and Archaeology Lab Intern This winter quarter I worked with another lab intern to begin cataloging and digging through archaeological collections in the sub-basement of the university. The majority of these collections were excavated between 1960 and 1980, and contain no inventory lists, no site information, and little or […]