The Millennia Blog

The Millennia Blog

Find out what is new and exciting here at Millennia!  We will be sharing frequent news and updates about our most interesting and intriguing finds, our latest techniques in the field and in the lab, including 3D modelling of artifacts and features, and other topics of interest.

 

 

Gorgets, or Crescentic Pendants/Necklaces

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

Gorgets, or Crescentic Pendants/Necklaces

An interesting artifact from Ya asqalu’i is the large shell neck ornament known to archaeologists as a “Gorget”.  The English language name itself is interesting.  It comes from a European tradition similar ornament, the last piece of traditional armour to still be worn by (some) armies today.  In a full suit of armour, the gorget was a frontal piece that protected the neck (the word “gorging” for shoving food down one’s neck has the same root).  While most armour became obsolete with the development of...

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Kaien Siding/Ya asqalu’i Prince Rupert Report Completion

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in What's New | 2 comments

Kaien Siding/Ya asqalu’i Prince Rupert Report Completion

We are ecstatic – if that is possible still after such a marathon of effort and concentration – to announce that the Kaien Siding/Ya asqalu’i Archaeological Project Report has been completed and reviewed and is now ready for distribution. A few hardcopies have been printed and are on their way  to the must-haves.  We are confident most people will prefer the pdf version. There is a main report and a number of appendices that include a catalogue and all the specialized studies, including the comprehensive faunal analysis...

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Stone chipped bifaces – recycling and reuse 2,000 years ago at Ya asqalu’i, Prince Rupert Harbour

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 1 comment

Stone chipped bifaces – recycling and reuse 2,000 years ago at Ya asqalu’i, Prince Rupert Harbour

The picture on the right (click for higher resolution) has ALL the bifacially flaked stone artifacts from GbTo-13 and GbTo-54; remarkably few for an assemblage with 4,500 artifacts in total.  Of these, the top left one would normally be considered a unifacial  scraper but it has a finely bifacially flaked end.  Normally in BC assemblages, the arrow, dart, and spear points and knives that are ‘bifaces’ make up a sizable portion of artifacts found during excavations.  In Prince Rupert Harbour, they are rare, as archaeologists...

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Ancient names resurface for archaeological sites in Prince Rupert

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 7 comments

Ancient names resurface for archaeological sites in Prince Rupert

The Prince Rupert Harbour Project has been a series of exciting archaeological discoveries from its inception in 2006/2007. Only a couple of these though, matched the thrill (complete with goose bumps!) of  finding that there was not only a Tsimshian name for the site we had been excavating and analysing for so long,but there was a detailed story that incorporated the name multiple times. And not only was the name and the story of great interest in their own right, but there were obvious direct links between the stories told by the...

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Harpoons – some exciting insights!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 2 comments

Harpoons – some exciting insights!

Readers may remember some of the earlier posts we did on harpoons: Line Guard Harpoons, Drilled, and Barbed Slate. Now that we’ve finished defining the areas of the sites that make sense to compare (3D archaeology) and temporal components, we are ready to do some 4D archaeology, adding in the time elements.  Some really cool patterns are starting to come out of the data.  The map below (click for full size) uses pie diagrams to show the type and number of specific harpoon types summarized by different areas and time periods.  The...

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Stone Miniature Chisels

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 6 comments

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...

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Using 3D methods to classify temporal components of the site

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

Using 3D methods to classify temporal components of the site

Our most recent efforts have been to classify the site into temporal components – a very challenging task given the complex stratigraphy!  Having obtained dates from some samples, we were able to roughly subdivide the site into components by correlating the locations of the dated samples to changes in stratigraphy, shell density, and shell types.  The video below highlights one area of the site that has been subdivided in this way.  After the temporal components were defined in 3 dimensions, we could classify other data by component,...

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3D archaeological data visualization

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

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...

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Selecting Radiocarbon Samples Using NEW 3D Method!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 2 comments

Selecting Radiocarbon Samples Using NEW 3D Method!

When it comes to radiocarbon sampling on large scale excavations, sometimes selecting which samples will be the most valuable to your research can be a time consuming and tedious task.  Using our 3D recording excavation methods, here’s how we were able to select radio carbon samples relative to their locations in and around hearths and other features. Video by Alyssa Parker,...

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2014 MILLENNIA RESEARCH CALENDER!!!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in What's New | 0 comments

2014 MILLENNIA RESEARCH CALENDER!!!

Our 2014 Millennia Research Calendar is now available!!  Click here to download the free PDF! *When you go to print the PDF version of the calender make sure your printer settings are set to COLOUR, DOUBLE SIDED and TABLET Featuring photos from our Prince Rupert Harbour Excavation, and the many other amazing projects we have had the privilege of working on in the last year! A big THANK YOU to Phoebe Ramsay for putting together the best Millennia Calendar...

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