Archaeological Research at a Prehistoric Paleo-Eskimo Camp: A Virtual Exhibit

One of the most important new collections in the Gates of the Arctic museum is GAAR-00222, the archaeological assemblage from a Paleo-Eskimo camp at Lake Matcharak.

The collection includes thousands of stone tools and exceptionally well preserved faunal remains archaeologically assigned to the Denbigh Flint Complex and left at the site by a small band of people nearly 4000 years ago.

The following links will allow you to explore the discovery and investigation of the site, view some of the artifacts found there, and learn more about some of the research questions and efforts related to this remarkable collection.

For more in depth information on Paleo-Eskimos, the Denbigh Flint Complex, and the investigations of the Lake Matcharak site click here to view a pdf factsheet.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this exhibit please feel free to contact the Park Curator.

Denbigh Biface

A chert biface from the Lake Matcharak collection

Chris Ciancibelli/NPS


Click on this image to view samples from the stone and organic artifacts that comprise the GAAR-00222 museum collection.

The Matcherak Paleo-Eskimo site

NPS archaeologists working at the Lake Matcharak Paleo-Eskimo site

Jeff Rasic/NPS

Discovery and Investigation

Click on this image to join the crew during the initial discovery and subsequent fieldwork at the Lake Matcharak Paleo-Eskimo site.

Principle Investigator of the site, Andy Tremayne.

Andy Tremayne, NPS archaeologist and AMR-186 project leader

N. Slobodina/NPS


Click on this image to view a series of short vodcasts (videos) created by Liz O'Connell of WonderVisions about the site, some of the research questions that drove the investigations, and the collection.

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