The Testimony of Hands

75.35.182, visor
Early Birnik (A.D. 500–700)
Walakpa Site, Alaska
UNM Research Collections (deposited by Dennis Stanford)
Photograph by B. Bernard

This is the sort of artifact that archaeologists have no trouble identifying! We know of the use of visors by modern Arctic peoples, plus the artifact's shape makes its use obvious. Visors were for more than convenience. They provided shade for a hunter's roving eye, and for faces otherwise exposed to hours of harmful solar radiation.

A second photo shows the same visor from a different angle.


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