Q: What is an archeological site?
Mention archeology and most people think of the Egyptian Pyramids or Stonehenge, but there are many places and objects that can be considered archeological.
A site is any location that contains evidence of past human activity. Southwest Alaska's pre-contact sites include the ancient shell-filled villages that dot the coast, burial caves in secluded mountain settings, stone weirs built to trap salmon, ridge top camps, stone quarries, and even the ancient trails linking regions. The region also holds historic, or post-contact, sites. The Kijik Archeological District in Lake Clark National Park and the Brooks Camp Archeological district in Katmai National park are listed as National Historic Landmarks as they reflect a significant period of American history. Trappers' cabins, cannery sites, and trails are also important post-contact sites.