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Jewelry: Coal labret (lip ornament) and nose ring.
LOCATION: Uyak and Old Karluk archaeological sites, Kodiak Island, A.D. 1-1100
REFERENCE: Alutiiq Museum, Koniag, Inc. Collection and Larsen Bay Collection (labret on left UA88-78-2658; nose ring on right UA85-209/5348)
DIMENSIONS: labret, left, 3 cm long; nose ring, right, 1.3 cm long.
Pieces of coal were used to make jewelry and small carvings. The coal was chipped to a rough shape, ground, then polished.