Anchorage Museum's Smithsonian projects examine Native Alaskan culture
July 02, 2002
The Anchorage Museum's Arctic Studies Center brings the Smithsonian to Alaska. Now in its fourteenth year, the Center has some exciting research projects slated for this summer.
Excavation unearths early Alutiiq culture Among the Arctic Studies Center's important projects this year is an archaeological expedition this summer to excavate an 800-year-old Alutiiq village site in Aialik Bay, in Kenai Fjords National Park. The excavation is expected to yield valuable new information about early Alutiiq culture and human adaptations to the frigid temperatures of the Little Ice Age (A.D. 1300-1900).
Nineteenth-century village sites on the outer coast are recalled in the oral traditions of descendent villages in lower Cook Inlet. Residents of these villages - Nanwalek, Port Graham, and Seldovia--students from the University of Alaska and Staff of the Pratt Museum and National Park Service will join in the excavation program.