Lake Matcharak Archaeology
During a routine field survey in 2007, NPS archaeologists noted stone artifacts and animal bone fragments eroding out of a shoreline bluff on Lake Matcharak. Continued investigations have produced a suite of previously unidentified archaeological sites around the lake, several of which have been radiocarbon dated to more than 4000 years old.
At one of these sites further investigation -in the form of systematic subsurface testing and excavation- has revealed the unprecedented, well preserved remains of a Denbigh Paleoeskimo hunting camp.The following pages will describe the efforts of the Park archaeologists to document and research these important finds.
This first link is a short summary of the initial investigations carried out at the site.
This link is a more in depth scientific journal article based on the Masters Thesis project of Andy Tremaye, the principle investigator of the site.
Additionally, the Park Curator has created a web exhibit to highlight the importance of the site and the materials recovered from it.
Did You Know?
It can get below freezing and snow in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve any month, even in July.