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Mysterious Disks Found In Alaska Have Experts Puzzled

By MIKE DUNHAM
Anchorage Daily News - Published: September 13th, 2011 04:04 PM


Mysterious disks found at an archaeological dig in Northwest Alaska have experts puzzled.


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Research archaeologist Scott Shirar holds one of the clay disks found during the excavation at Feniak Lake.


The four small pieces, formed from clay, are round and adorned with markings. Two have neatly centered holes. They may be 1,000 years old and, at the moment, what they were used for is anyone's guess.

The existence of similarly decorated boulders at old village sites in Noatak National Preserve was first recorded by archaeologists in the 1960s. But the sites remained unstudied until last summer, when Scott Shirar, a research archaeologist at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, took an expedition for a closer look at two locations.

Making small-scale excavations, they came upon the disks.

"The first one looks like a little stone that had some scratch marks on it," said Shirar. "We got really excited when we found the second one with the drilled hole and the more complicated etchings on it. That's when we realized we had something unique.

"We only opened up a really small amount of ground at the site, so the fact that we found four of these artifacts indicates there are probably more and that something really significant (was) happening."The artifacts were unusual in several respects. They were made of clay, not carved from stone or bone. In the course of the excavations, the team encountered a fine gray clay that could have been worked to create the objects, which were, Shirar said, "definitely hand made."

Then there are the markings. Petroglyphs -- the catchall term for any human-made marks on natural stone -- are found around the world and are common in Southeast Alaska and the Kodiak region.

"But there are only a handful of examples

in northern and interior Alaska," Shirar said. "They're very rare."

The meaning behind the petroglyphs is a source of conjecture for archeologists, he said. "It's almost limitless, the ideas you can come up with."

Those ideas range from maps or storytelling to mystical symbols or simple artistic decoration.

"It's the first time we've found anything like that," Shirar said. "We've combed through the collections here at the museum and found a similar, though not identical, ivory disk from St. Lawrence Island."

The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak also has items somewhat like the ones from the Noatak region that may have been lids.


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Neat thanks for posting

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Mysterious Disks Found In Alaska Have Experts Puzzled

By MIKE DUNHAM
Anchorage Daily News - Published: September 13th, 2011 04:04 PM


Mysterious disks found at an archaeological dig in Northwest Alaska have experts puzzled.


Image
Research archaeologist Scott Shirar holds one of the clay disks found during the excavation at Feniak Lake.


The four small pieces, formed from clay, are round and adorned with markings. Two have neatly centered holes. They may be 1,000 years old and, at the moment, what they were used for is anyone's guess.

The existence of similarly decorated boulders at old village sites in Noatak National Preserve was first recorded by archaeologists in the 1960s. But the sites remained unstudied until last summer, when Scott Shirar, a research archaeologist at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, took an expedition for a closer look at two locations.

Making small-scale excavations, they came upon the disks.

"The first one looks like a little stone that had some scratch marks on it," said Shirar. "We got really excited when we found the second one with the drilled hole and the more complicated etchings on it. That's when we realized we had something unique.

"We only opened up a really small amount of ground at the site, so the fact that we found four of these artifacts indicates there are probably more and that something really significant (was) happening."The artifacts were unusual in several respects. They were made of clay, not carved from stone or bone. In the course of the excavations, the team encountered a fine gray clay that could have been worked to create the objects, which were, Shirar said, "definitely hand made."

Then there are the markings. Petroglyphs -- the catchall term for any human-made marks on natural stone -- are found around the world and are common in Southeast Alaska and the Kodiak region.

"But there are only a handful of examples

in northern and interior Alaska," Shirar said. "They're very rare."

The meaning behind the petroglyphs is a source of conjecture for archeologists, he said. "It's almost limitless, the ideas you can come up with."

Those ideas range from maps or storytelling to mystical symbols or simple artistic decoration.

"It's the first time we've found anything like that," Shirar said. "We've combed through the collections here at the museum and found a similar, though not identical, ivory disk from St. Lawrence Island."

The Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository in Kodiak also has items somewhat like the ones from the Noatak region that may have been lids.


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Oh for CRYING OUT LOUD!!!

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Clay BEADS ANYONE!!

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Fr33k - you don't read dude, only TWO of them had holes!

Eish? :shakehead

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Besides that they are over a thousand years old :awe

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Fr33k - you don't read dude, only TWO of them had holes!

Eish? :shakehead


they hadn't finished drilling holes in the others they are clay necklace beads they had hand driven drills capable of drilling holes that small.

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