Clay! The ceramics on the North Slope, especially the more recent ones, are not high quality, but that seems to be because they were not fully fired, perhaps to conserve fuel.
Salmonberries! It’s always a good day when you find patches of ripe berries.
Polar bears, of course. They hang out around Nuvuk a lot, which is why we always had bear guards. Some days we could see eight at once out on the ice.
During the short Arctic field season, one rests when one can.
Place is hard, since there are several sites, so I’m going with North Slope of Alaska.
My trusty trowel, since 1997. Marshalltown 4 1/2 in.
Well, I’m catching up, so this should have been posted Thursday…
I am an Arctic archaeologist/anthropologist. I have lived in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska since 1996. I mostly work on Arctic Alaskan coastal sites and sustainability, and spend a lot of time dealing with erosion, although I am a zooarchaeologist at heart. I chair the SAA Committee on Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources.