• Chunks of melting sea ice along a shoreline and subsistence camps on the beach in the background.

    Cape Krusenstern

    National Monument Alaska

Laws Protect Archeological Sites on Public Lands

Archeological sites are time capsules from the past. They are the keys to understanding ancient activities and sometimes forgotten cultures. Working together, archeologists, people culturally affiliated with the area, and the public can learn a tremendous amount from scientific excavation and analysis of a site. Archeological sites occur all over the country.



When found on federal lands, archeological sites are protected by law. The Archeological Resources Protection Act makes it illegal to excavate, damage, remove, sell, or transport any archeological resource, 100 years or older, located on federal public land. Please be a good steward of Alaska’s finite and irreplaceable archeological legacy when visiting Cape Krusenstern National Monument. You can help us by reporting site discoveries or disturbances to the park staff in Kotzebue.



Learn More!

Save Alaska's Past: The Archeological Resource Protect Act (4.6 Mb. PDF)

Did You Know?

Image of blue sky with a white cloud

Cape Krusenstern Monument has extreme seasonal variations in daylight because of its northern location. The sky remains light for three continuous months in summer, while in midwinter a diffuse light occurs for only two to three hours per day.