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.
Did You Know?
The Chukchi Sea is ice-covered from November until May. Ice formation begins in October, with the ice edge from the permanent polar ice pack extending progressively southward until late March. The northward retreat of the ice edge begins in April and continues until late September.