If you have an interest in Alaskan archaeology, artefact conservation or community heritage work, you are very welcome to join the crew as a volunteer. No experience is necessary.
The University of Aberdeen Department of Archaeology is partnering with the village corporation Qanirtuuq, Inc. and the Yup’ik village of Quinhagak on a large scale archaeological project.
Archaeological sites, as well as the modern infrastructure in the region, are threatened by melting permafrost and rising sea levels along the Bering Sea.
This field season, the earliest occupation phase will be excavated at the Nunalleq site, a 14th-18th century pre-contact Yup’ik village with exceptionally well-preserved organic remains. Beginning in the 2017 season, they will also be processing the finds in a Quinhagak-based lab.
Applications are invited from all interested people for a place on the excavation or in the lab.
Successful applicants will gain field experience in the Alaskan bush and be part of an exciting research project, working in close partnership with the Yup’ik descendant community to save their threatened heritage.
You can find out more about the Project by reading the Nunalleq blog