Heritage: Alaska Native
Land Bridge National Preserve
Bering Land Bridge is as much a part of America's cultural heritage
as Yellowstone or Yosemite, if not more so. The distance across
the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska's Seward Peninsula is approximately
55 miles, and for several periods during the Pleistocene Ice Ages
the trip could be made entirely on land instead of water. During
additional periods, the passage from Siberia to North America could
also have been made by small watercraft moving along coastlines.
Land Bridge National Preserve commemorates this prehistoric peopling
of the Americas from Asia some 13,000 or more years ago. It also
preserves important future clues in this great detective story regarding
human presence in the Americas.