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Historical Archaeology on Alaska's Public Lands

Historic Archaeology Topics

The earliest archaeological sites of the historic period in Alaska date to the mid-to-late 1700s, when Alaska was part of Russia following its "discovery" by Vitus Bering in 1741.  Relatively few archaeological sites are known from the Russian-America period that ended in 1867 with the purchase of Alaska by the United States.  Most of the Russian period sites today are either on Kodiak Island or are in or near Sitka or Seward. (see links to Kodiak Island and Southeast Alaska at right).

Many more historic archaeological sites are known from the later 1800s into the early 20th century. By this time, more people had come to Alaska due to various gold discoveries.  Below are a sample of historic sites that BLM-Alaska manages including information about work that has been done at them over the years.  Also, there is information on Hills Brothers Coffee cans that have been used to help date historic archaeological sites in Alaska.

Fort Egbert National Historic Landmark

Adventures of the Past - Fort Egbert: A Remnant of the Past

For more information on the history, archaeology, and visting Fort Egbert, click here

Rohn Cabin Repair

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 76 Feb/March 2000 pp. 6-7

Long Bar Cabin Repair

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 82 Summer 2001 pp. 3 and 11

Steele Creek Cabin Restoration

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 100 Summer 2006 p. 4

Kink Cabin Restoration

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 111 Fall 2010 p. 2

Tofty Gold Rush Community Excavation

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 55 March/April 1996 pp. 4-5

Hills Brothers Coffee Can Chronology Field Guide

Featured in Frontiers Issue 100 Summer 2006 p. 5

Hills Brothers Coffee Can Chronology Field Guide. Steve Lanford and Robin Mills. Open File Report 109. Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, Alaska. December 2006. (postcard-sized) 39 pages (2.5 MB)

Sourdough Campground Historic Cabin Survey

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 23 May 1990 pp. 4-5

Wild Goose Pipeline Survey

Information can be found in Frontiers Issue 24 July 1990 pp. 3

 

 

 


Links to Alaskan Museums & Exhibits:

Aleutian Islands

Museum of the Aleutians

Anchorage Area

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Fairbanks Area

University of Alaska Museum of the North

Kodiak Island

Alutiiq Museum

Southeast Alaska


For more information contact:
Alaska State Office
Bureau of Land Management
222 W. 7th Ave., Unit 13
Anchorage, AK 99513
Public Room: 907-271-5960
FAX: 907-271-3684