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.

 

 

T-Shaped Mauls Part II

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update | 0 comments

T-Shaped Mauls Part II

The much anticipated second installment of the Millennia Blog’s T-Shaped Maul series is here! In our October 17th blog entry, 3D Mauls and Segmented Stones “In-Situ” , we featured two of the mauls found at site GbTo-54 in situ touching one another.  This T-Shaped Hand Maul, from site GbTo-13 ,was found on it’s own. In the earlier comments, Ken Ames asked for more on the second T-shaped maul, and we are sure this is of interest to many others. In a planned entry, we’ll show you the interesting relationship...

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3D Mauls and Segmented Stones “In-Situ”

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 2 comments

3D Mauls and Segmented Stones “In-Situ”

Our latest 3D modelling task has involved starting to place some of the more significant artifacts into our GIS as 3D models, as close as possible to how they were oriented when they were discovered.  So far, we have 3D models of a segmented stone, a zoomorphic concretion, and three mauls now in our GIS (Geographic Information System), as shown in our two videos below.  Since our last videos, we have also added some landmarks as 3D objects: these include a big rock, the double lines of several canoe runs, the railway tracks, a pit feature...

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Stacked Box Hearths in 3D

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 7 comments

Stacked Box Hearths in 3D

Here it is at last – the stacked hearths in 3D!  We have three videos for you today, highlighting the true “cool-ness” of 3D spatial data for archaeology!  While it just plain looks cool, the really cool thing is the ability to see relationships between all kinds of different things, from feature and artifacts, to stratigraphic facies,  faunal remains or sediment characteristics.  Virtually anything can be displayed combined with virtually anything else that was recorded.  When our president, Morley Eldridge, started...

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Wedge Based Whalebone Rod Harpoon Points

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Here is a short entry to round out our harpoon sequence.  Next week we’ll bring you the 3-D distribution of the different harpoon types with some really amazing graphics and some notes on what we’ve learned from looking for patterns in where we found the different types. These artifact are amazing, and so clearly “North Coast”; we really never see anything quite like them on the South Coast.  The top two show the range of variation and the large size – originally they were probably 30 cm long and more!  The top...

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Line Guard Harpoon Points from the Prince Rupert Harbour

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

Line Guard Harpoon Points from the Prince Rupert Harbour

Today’s installment of our Prince Rupert Harbour Harpoon Point Series showcases barbed harpoon points with line guards (please see our September 3, 2013 update for Drilled Line Hole Harpoons)!  These artifacts all come from Prince Rupert Harbour Sites GbTo-13 and 54.  Click on the photo below and you can zoom in on each beautifully photographed artifact in full resolution!  Thanks again Andrew Eckert! Harpoon points are designed to penetrate an animal and have a line attached to them. The spear shaft falls out and can be recovered...

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Stone (not Brass) Knuckles?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 4 comments

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...

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Barbed Slate Harpoons

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

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...

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Drilled Line Hole Harpoons

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 1 comment

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...

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3D hearths with artifacts from point cloud

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

3D hearths with artifacts from point cloud

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the exciting 3D work we have been doing using low-cost photogrammetry techniques (a standard digital camera plus inexpensive software).  This is a row of box hearths that was excavated, and this 3D model has been georeferenced so that you can see some of the artifacts from the point cloud in relation to the hearths.  Still a bit rough (need to work a bit more on the videos!) and more hearths to come later (including stacked ones…)  The artifact dots are rather small – I’ll make them...

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“Foam Finger” Awls

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Prince Rupert Update, What's New | 0 comments

“Foam Finger” Awls

We’ll start posting new results from lab work and eye candy artifact photos here every few days; we’ll do a mix of microscope and standard photos (the latter are Andrew Eckert’s superlative work), 3D scans of artifacts (Gordon Dudoward’s great work) and 3D GIS work by Alyssa Parker displaying feature and artifact distributions.  For the first installment, we’ll present a new artifact type that I don’t believe has been recognized previously anywhere else.  Let me know if I’m wrong on that!! These...

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