Check out this wonderful and poignant collection of artifacts. My Master’s thesis was related to nineteenth-century naval history, so I’m thrilled to see the Franklin Expedition getting so much attention recently.
Typical of many museums, the Canadian Museum of Nature has tucked away in its storage areas some collections that are little known by the public, and often come as a surprise to members of the museum staff as well.
Artifact NgLj-2:358, the head of a toothbrush made of animal bone. The holes would have once anchored boar-hair bristles. This object and all the others shown here were found in 1992 at a site on King William Island, Nunavut. Several crew members took shelter at this site, at least 11 of whom also perished there. Image: Scott Rufolo © Canadian Museum of Nature
Having a background in both archaeology and palaeontology, one of my duties at the museum is to manage an archaeological collection that we are temporarily curating on behalf of the territory of Nunavut. Few are aware of this arrangement, but I suspect that is soon to change.
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