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Title: Upriver
Author(s): Jamie, Kathleen
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Issue Date: 18-Nov-2015
Date Deposited: 16-Dec-2015
Citation: Jamie K (2015) Upriver. Granta, 133.
Abstract: Quinhagak is!a Yup'ik village on the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta in western Alaska. There, where the Bering Sea is rapidly eroding the coast, a remarkable archaeological dig is underway. Called 'Nunalleq', the site is an abandoned Yup'ik village dating from pre-contact  times, 500 years ago. It is yielding an astonishingly rich array of artifacts, reawakening cultural awareness and confidence among the Yup'ik people. The site is being excavated by a team from Aberdeen University, with help and support from the Quinhagak community. Last year, thanks to funding from the Leverhulme Trust, I was able to join the archaeologists for the short digging season. The following is an extract from a longer work in progress.
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