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Mr Frowny stick doll did not like the permafrost. :<

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I use instagram more when I’m out in the field then anytime else – even though I have no cell or internet service during the day. Here’s some of my favorites from the last month!

There were days when the weather was perfect,  the sky was blue, and we didn’t even need our mosquito head nets. . .

We had beautiful weather for closing out the site! #archaeology #alaska #nature

And days were slightly more unpleasant.

Stormy day at the site. #alaska #archaeology #storm #boat

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We had lots of digging…

Charlotta digging test pits. #archaeology #alaska #science

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Lots of artifact sorting. . .

Sorting artifacts at the end of the day. #alaska #archaeology

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And occasional beach bonfires.

There were ordinary finds, like this angry stick doll. . .

Mr Angry Stick Doll did not enjoy his time in the permafrost. #alaska #archaeology #art #history

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Strange finds, like this fire hearth/Sailor Moon Scepter. . .

Adorable finds, like this ivory thumb man. . .

Thumb doll! #archaeology #alaska #history #video

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And amazing finds, like this complete mask.

Of course, since this is instagram, sometimes I also had to share pictures of my food. In this case, pudding cups with salmonberries – my favorite Alaskan berry.

Everything is better with salmonberries. #food #dessert #alaska

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There are also more then a few pictures of the Bering Sea. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a gorgeous ocean view.

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    • Thanks! I do love it, even if the other 10 months a year are less exciting.

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  1. I so agree with Joe. I studied geology myself but only did couple of field assignments though, but loved being out there exploring things. And Alaska is one of those places I would love to see. Great story!
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    • Thank you! Alaska is wonderful. No matter how much time I spend there, I can’t see it all.

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    • Thank you!

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    • Thanks! I’ll have more posts soon – now that I’m finally done with digging, I’m starting to sort through pictures of our artifacts.

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  2. Such amazing pictures – and a job, I have to agree with Joe and Reeta!! :)

    Those salmonberries look like something we have here in the Nordics, they go by the name of “cloudberry” here though. And yeah, Alaska, one day…..
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    • They’re called cloudberries here sometimes too! I like that name better, actually. Apparently they only grow enough to harvest in a small area of Alaska and some Nordic countries. I learned a lot about navigating the tundra by following people from Norway, Sweeden, and Finland!

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    • Thank you!

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    • Thanks! Of course, half the time it’s too foggy to see far – but I still like to picture Siberia as our next stop.

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    • It’s hard to resist a good ocean shot! Sadly, they’re never quite as impressive as real life.

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    • Sorting artifacts is usually one of my least favorite tasks. But it’s better then soil sampling!

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  3. what a fun trip and discoveries you found…I’ve never had salmon berries before, they look delicious!

    I’m inviting you to come link up with us for Travel Photo Mondays, a link up carnival that runs all week starting on Mondays, hope you can join.
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    • They are quite tasty!

      Thanks for letting me know, I’ll check it out!

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  4. Great photos, Jess. Love your finds, too. And bonfires are so much fun!
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    • Thank you! Bonfires and s’mores are two of my favorite things.

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    • Thank you! The mask is amazing – it’s the only complete one we’ve found at the site, since they’re usually ceremonially broken after use. We were all kind of giddy after that.

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  5. I’m not working digs anymore but but I can certainly relate to only having time to Instagram. I love how the ever present sharpie ended up in one of the photos. I still carry one around with me everywhere.
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    • It seems unfair that the times when I’m doing and seeing the most interesting things, I can’t manage to share them! But the thought of uploading photos, much less typing, is impossible by the end of the day.

      We actually seemed to have enough sharpies this year! It was a minor miracle.

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    • Thank you! It’s great when I only have little pieces of time.

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    • It was amazing! This was my second year, I’m hoping to go back next year.

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