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Preliminary Textile Report from the 1998 Bessastadir Excavations

Preliminary Textile Report from the 1998 Bessastadir Excavations

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Research Reports of the Circumpolar Laboratory No. 4, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University.
Michele Hayeur Smith
2012
Research Reports of the Circumpolar Laboratory No. 4, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University.
Michele Hayeur Smith
2012

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