Saturday, August 13, 2011

"Prehistoric images of a Human quality, sculpted from 500 to 3000 years ago in Arctic Alaska is a worthy quest for any archaeologist and researcher.  I comb beaches and totally rely on nature to toss one my way, by virtue of erosion or simply lying in beach sand, gravel or river deposits.  I cover ground, searching continuously and rarely disappointed, even if I discover a fossil, gemstone or a tusk of a walrus, and in my better days a 'Saber Tooth' canine stuck between pebbles of an Ice Age landslide.  This photo illustrates a walrus ivory sculpture discovered in a burial probably eroded out of it's place or actually dug from an ancient house by a local Inuit resident.  I occasionally collect one by purchase, and add it, along with any provenance of it's discovery.  The Arctic region is vast, it is thousands of miles across and beaches so vast that a life time would be invested in it's discoveries.  It is mostly a spiritual quest, Trails of a Solo Spirit!"