Archaeology in Western Alaska: Exploring Ancient Identities at the Nunalleq Site

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
In the late 1600s, several decades before Euro-American contact, there was a thriving Yup’ik village on Alaska’s southwestern coast. Known today as Nunalleq, this ancient village is currently the subject of a large archaeological research project of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, collaborating with the village of Quinhagak, whose Yup’ik residents are considered descendants of those who once inhabited Nunalleq.
In this talk, University of Oregon PhD student and project participant Anna C. Sloan discusses her research exploring the social identities of Nunalleq’s past peoples through artifacts found at the site, ethnographic accounts, and interviews with Yup’ik elders from Quinhagak. Together, these perspectives paint a multifaceted picture of pre-contact social life at Nunalleq, while also demonstrating the importance of community involvement in archaeological research.
More information about the Nunalleq excavations is available on the project blog:
Anna C. Sloan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology (subfield: Archaeology) at the University of Oregon, and a volunteer at SOHS. Her research interests include pre/post contact transitions in archaeology and history, Indigenous peoples’ rights, and gender and social life identity in the past
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