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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cape Alitak Petroglyph Videos

Here are the links to some Cape Alitak Petroglyph videos - and these are NOT our usual homemade imovie jobbies shot using a point and shoot camera. These short videos (called vodcasts) were made by professional videographers with a REAL video camera AND camera person to run it as part of a grant through the National Park Service. They document the Alutiiq Museum's petroglyph survey down at Cape Alitak last May. The videos were created by the video production company WonderVisions. It was quite the scene down at Alitak last May when they showed up at our remote and VERY simple camp, miked us up, and starting filming. They came with boom mikes, huge cameras, and all the works. The sound guy even had Sean Penn stories. Needless to say, but they did a good job, but I do have a hard time watching myself on video. Do I really sound like that? And I am way too hyper. But Sven, Mark, Marnie and Jill are GREAT. These videos shows what it is like when I go into the field on Archaeological Survey every May.

Anyway the link to the WonderVision Youtube channel is on top. If you go there you can get to all seven of the videos that they made. The two links below that will take you to individual videos that I particularly liked. Patrick

Marnie on Labrets


jenny said...

i saw the video "what's in the midden": sauna and sweat bathing? you found constructions of such? i don't know anything about this particular site nor the settlements you are studying so excuse my dumb question! in the video you say you didnt see any fire cracked rock at the older sites, perhaps at this site there was extensive heating , ie. a winter site? -jenny

Zoya, Patrick, Nora and Stuart said...

On Kodiak older sites tend to contain less fire-cracked rock and the middens at sites from the last 800 or so years are often practically pure firecracked rock. I have excavated saunas from the late prehistoric period and there is a pile of firecracked rock on the side as you enter them. They brought heated rocks into the sauna and then splashed water on them. The big piles of firecracked rock in the middens is interpreted to be sauna rock.

I have also noticed that sauna firecracked rocks tends to be slate while 'cooking rock' (found in cooking pits) tends to be round cobbles of greywacke. Patrick