Alaska Archeology Month
This year's theme for Alaska Archaeology Month is the Denbigh Flint Complex, known from sites in western and northern Alaska that date to about 3300-4000 years ago. Distant ancestors of modern Inupiat and Inuit, Denbigh people pioneered new new lands and innovated new technologies that set the stage for the next four millennia of high latitude living across the American Arctic. Some of the most important Denbigh archaeological sites are located on National Park Service lands including Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, and Cape Krusenstern. The NPS also administers, as a National Historic Landmark, the Iyatayet site at Cape Denbigh where this archaeological phase was first recognized in 1948.
Did You Know?
In 1969, five wildland fires burned 129,820 acres in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. That was the largest acreage to burn in the park in a given year. Interestingly, 14 wildland fires, the most fires to occur in the park, burned a mere 500 acres in 1977.