"Nunalleq," a.k.a. "Old Village," was a winter village bustling with Eskimo and animal life from 1350 to 1650 A.D. The Yup'ik people lived at the site, located at Quinhagak in western Alaska. Ancestors of these early Alaskans still live near there.
The village, described in the latest issue of British Archaeology, overlooks the Bering Sea. Aberdeen University archaeologists who are excavating the site unearthed this figurine of a "palraiyuk," or monster.
"There is a traditional myth involving a sea monster that Europeans thought sounded like an alligator or a dinosaur, so decided the story must be quite recent," archaeologist and author Mike Pitts, who also edits British Archaeology, told Discovery News. "But archaeologists went and found a carved ivory head of the monster in a prehistoric context."
It's still a mystery as to what animal, or animals, might have inspired the creature.