Yupik artifacts to return to Alaska

    Quinhagak, Alaska (KINY) 60,000 artifacts taken from an ancient village could return in time for the opening of a museum.

    KYUK News reported archaeologists began excavation of the ancient village of Nunalleg about 10 years ago.  Permafrost had started to melt and revealed the items.

    The Qanirtuuq Native Village Corporation turned the former school into a lab for the archaeological exploration last year.  The facility will now become a cultural site and museum and is opening next week to the public.

    .The items were sent to Scotland for cleaning and are expected to return in time.

    Residents started finding the artifacts along the shore near Quinhagak in 2009. Jones then reached out to Knecht to investigate the site, leading to a massive archaeological dig.  The artifacts date back to the Bow and Arrow wars in the 1600s.


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