August 20, 2020
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM)
10515 Mackall Rd.
St. Leonard, MD 20685
Speaker Series: The Nunalleo Excavation - Cultural Preservation and Collaboration In Southwest Alaska's Rapidly Changing Environment
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Speaker: Francis Lukezic, Conservator, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab. Always ready for an adventure, Francis spent the summer of 2018 in southwest Alaska as site conservator and lab manager at the Nunalleq Archaeological Excavation, which is the subject of this talk. Nunalleq is a pre-contact Yup'ik site located in southwest Alaska, on the coast of the Bering Sea, and produced over 60,000 artifacts over 10 years of seasonal excavations. The presentation highlights the Yup'ik village of Quinhagak's collaboration with archaeologists and conservators to save thousands of artifacts from the Nunalleq site before they eroded out of the tundra and washed into the Bering Sea and to create the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center, the home for all the artifacts.