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North to the Future

BARROW, ALASKA-- "North to the Future" is Alaska's State Motto. It seems particularly appropriate now with the changes taking place in the north. You fly in to Barrow first via a stop in Fairbanks, and then Dead Horse... {Read More »}

Excavating Ancient Burials

BARROW, ALASKA-- Our crew weathered a cold rainy day in the Arctic to excavate two ancient burials at the Nuvuk site on Point Barrow. Though human remains cannot be filmed, worked bone, netting stones and other remnants can be seen... {Read More »}

How We Know Where to Dig

BARROW, ALASKA-- The Point Barrow spit looks like a sea of gravel with few clues on the surface to tell us where the burials may be. So how do we know where to dig? One way is by digging "shovel test pits"... {Read More »}

First Day in the Field

BARROW, ALASKA-- The first field day started out a bit oddly. The crew gathered, minus the football players among the high school students, who are… {Read More »}

Training with Trowels and Candy

BARROW, ALASKA-- A number of the crew members had never excavated before. One of the fun things about the Nuvuk project is that we hire… {Read More »}

Assembling the Crew and Gear

BARROW, ALASKA-- The last few weeks have gone by very quickly. The local high school students for the crew have been chosen, and the out-of… {Read More »}

Ancient Bones and Iñupiaq Culture

One of the largest questions in northern archaeology concerns the Thule people, ancestors to modern Iñupiaq people. How did the Thule people come to be in Alaska? Why did they spread rapidly to Greenland and Canada? {Read More »}

Living the Dream

BARROW, ALASKA– Since I was a little girl I’ve been fascinated with the past. In this video, I describe the fulfillment of my lifelong dream to work as an archaeologist in the Arctic. {Read More »}