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 two of these sites further investigation -in the form of systematic subsurface testing and excavation- has revealed the unprecedented, well preserved remains of two distinct prehistoric hunting camps; one, attributed to the Denbigh Flint complex and which dates to 3,900 years before present and the other, attributed to the Northern Archaic complex which dates to roughly 7000 years before present. The following pages will describe the efforts of Park archaeologists to document and research these important finds.
This first link is a summary of the initial investigations carried out at the Denbigh Paleo-Eskimo site.
This second link is a summary of the more recent investigations at the Northern Archaic site across the lake.