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
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