Amalik Bay, on the Katmai coast, is both a National Historic Landmark and a Archeological District listed on the National Register of Historic Place. It's one of only five places in the state of Alaska to have both designations.
This beautiful, remote coastline has nurtured human communities for thousands of years. People who lived here hunted sea mammals, fished, and harvested the bounty of the intertidal zone. The oldest sites are more than 7,000 years old. Imagine, people were settled in this distant corner of the world more than two thousand years before the first boulders were rolled into place at Stonehenge and three thousand years before Egyptians built the largest of the Giza pyramids.
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In 1918, the scarcity of beef caused many Alaskans to call for the repeal of all legal protection for bears. Katmai park promoters were cautioned,"the word bear should never be mentioned in connection with establishing a National Monument." Ironically, today visitors flock here to view bears.