"'We've had a lot of changing in currents over the past decade or so,' explains Dr Taylor, 'and with the changing currents and increased storm activity in the fall especially, it's undercutting the gravels and the point is literally washing out into the ocean.'
And as the point washes out, so do the bodies. What used to be an accreting spit - one building up - has become an eroding spit as the coastal ebbs and flows have changed their seasonal patterns, perhaps at the behest of global climate change.
'It's eroding at about 20m per year; we only have an eight-week field season, and we need to cover at least 300m of shore,' she says. 'So it's salvage archaeology - we have to beat the erosion.'"
- 'Bodies Point To Alaska's Past', Richard Black, BBC website 31 Dec 2007