Bone Artifacts from Summer Bay, Unalaska

Author(s): Kaitlin Stanley

Year: 2018


Situated in Alaska’s eastern Aleutian Islands on Unalaska Island, the Summer Bay site dates to 2,000 years BP. Over 700 osseous objects representing various manufacture and use stages have been recovered. Among these are harpoons, fish hooks, labrets, points, wedges, awls, and needles. These are primarily made from sea mammals and avifauna. Although Summer Bay represents one of the most secure dates of the Amaknak Phase (3,000 to 1,000 years BP), minimal research has been done to better understand the social organization, site function, and abundance in variation of technology. Presented here is the preliminary study from the analysis of the osseous industries of Summer Bay using the concept of chaîne opératoire. These results allow for the interpretation of the degree of recycling and rejuvenation between and within various tool types in this assemblage.

Cite this Record

Bone Artifacts from Summer Bay, Unalaska. Kaitlin Stanley. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 442778)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -169.453; min lat: 50.513 ; max long: -49.043; max lat: 72.712 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 21696