Posts by morley

Stone Miniature Chisels

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New

Stone Miniature Chisels

Another new artifact type from the Kaien Siding project is what we have called the miniature stone chisel. Three exceptionally small, finely finished green stone and possibly basalt chisels were recovered from GbTo-54. These are highly polished on all surfaces and taper toward the distal tip (see below). All were made by incising or sawing along the long edges to groove then snap the stone, and then the point was made by grinding facets. GbTo-54:188 is complete. They must have been hafted into handles to allow fine manipulation as they are much too small to hand-hold. Functionally, they would...

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3D archaeological data visualization

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New

3D archaeological data visualization

While videos of  a GIS 3D screen are the way we’ve shown the data  till now, it allows for no user control other than pausing and rewinding. Alyssa has found a way to present the data in an interactive way using ArcGIS CityEngine WebViewer. This is great for the researchers working with us at other institutions on things like faunal remains, but we can also make classes of data available to blog viewers. Check out the links here: http://bit.ly/1nTlrSj Its a fair bit of data, but should take less than a minute or so on a fast connection.  This won’t work for tablets, or Internet...

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Stone (not Brass) Knuckles?

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New

Stone (not Brass) Knuckles?

OK, a brief respite from the harpoons; we’ll get back to those soon. “And now for something completely different”: this is yet another remarkable artifact from the 2012-13 Prince Rupert excavations.  When you click on the image on the left for 3D, you’ll open a window where you can use your mouse to roll the artifact around.  There are some other interesting things you can play with in the options.  If you can’t see it at all, leave a note and we’ll upload a video showing both colour and grey-scale 3D images.  Or if you like, check out the 3D video...

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Barbed Slate Harpoons

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New

Barbed Slate Harpoons

(Click on the image to allow zooming). Today’s second installment of harpoons (first installment here) includes one of the most remarkable and unique artifacts ever recovered on the Northwest Coast; at least we at Millennia think so!  This is the left-most artifact. It is a slate harpoon point; of course, slate arming points for harpoons are very common in assemblages all over the NWC, but they are usually simple flat triangular points made to slot into the business end of a toggling harpoon.  Also, large slate blades or daggers are common at some periods, such as the Locarno...

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Drilled Line Hole Harpoons

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New

Drilled Line Hole Harpoons

Today’s showcase items are unilaterally barbed harpoon points with drilled line perforations from the Prince Rupert Harbour sites of GbTo-13 and 54. We’ve found a plugin that allows you to zoom in on the full resolution photo – click on the image and try it! We think these are some of the clearest artifact illustrations you’ll find anywhere. Great work, Andrew Eckert! This style of harpoon point is large enough to hunt sea mammals. Likely, the size of the hole (which would take the retrieving line) can be correlated with the size of animal being hunted. The six examples...

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