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Museum features collected artifacts

Grooved stone adze


This grooved adze was found on Mitkof Island. It would have been lashed to a hardwood handle with either wet sinew or cedar withes. The grooves on the adze help the lashing stay in place.

The Clausen Memorial Museum has a collection of prehistoric stone tools on display that were found on Mitkof and Kupreanof islands. The collection includes t-shaped mauls, hand mauls, and adzes. Some pieces were donated to the Alaska State Museum and then once Petersburg established its own museum a long term loan between the Clausen Memorial Museum and the State Museum was established, allowing us to share these artifacts with the community and our visitors.


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