Location: Alaska         Length: 8 min

Alaska is the setting for the fourth Shovel Bum e-zine extravaganza, featuring Trent DeBoer’s drawings and real voice. T-Bone and friends have hired out for an archaeological survey at Cold Bay, on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula. Their first task is to qualify at rifle-shooting as a precaution against the numerous and huge brown bears. Braving this threat along with wolverines, gales, and floating bogs, T-Bone encounters Japanese fishing floats and huge village sites, sips whisky at the local bar, and finally returns home to Betsy with his new long beard.

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Produced in 2008 by Trent de Boer, Guy Prouty and Faith Haney

Created by Trent de Boer

Copyright 2008 by Dutch Circus and Archaeological Legacy Institute

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The Alutiiq Museum (Alutiiq Museum Archaeological Repository)

Archaeological Overview of Alaska (National Park Service)

Archaeology of the Tundra and Arctic Alaska (National Park Service)

Review of Shovel Bum: Comix of Archaeological Field Life (IA, The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology)

Shovel Bum: An interview with archaeological chronicler and comic underdog Trent de Boer (Lost at Sea Magazine)

Shovel Bum: The Interview (About.com)

Southwest Alaska and Pacific Coast (National Park Service)

Special Issue: Cartoons in Archaeology (SAA Archaeological Record, Vol. 5, No. 5, November 2005)