- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Archaeologists have found artifacts in western Alaska that they say provide a look into ancient Yup’ik culture that has never been seen.

The artifacts were uncovered by archaeologists and students from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, at the ancient village site of Arolik near Quinhagak. The artifacts include household items, jewelry and weapons, KYUK reported (https://bit.ly/1qlP25Z ).

The oldest of the objects dates back as far as 700 years. Items were encased in permafrost, which is frozen ground below the tundra. This helped to preserve organic material like wood and leather for so long.

Archaeologists also found a layer of ash in the soil and signs of a conflict, including arrowheads embedded in houses and the remains of people who appeared to have died violently in their homes.

That fits with Yup’ik lore - stories passed down from generation to generation - that tells of a massacre at Arolik.


Information from: KYUK-AM, https://www.kyuk.org

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