Hidden home hundreds of years old unearthed as Quinhagak readies cultural center

BETHEL — For nearly a decade, archaeological crews from around the world have dug into an ancient site near the Bering Sea village of Quinhagak.

This year, they thought they'd wrap it up. Maybe they'd excavate another 12 inches down to reach the bottom of the main dwelling. Then they'd cover and sandbag the site to protect it from eroding away as permafrost thaws.

Were they ever glad to be so wrong.

"It wasn't just a mop-up," said Rick Knecht, lead archaeologist at the Quinhagak dig,...

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