An archaeological dig in progress.
An archaeological site in the process of discovery and documentation.

Archaeology is the study of the tangible remains of human societies. Alaska has a long and rich history of people moving across the continent from Beringia to more recent history. The National Park Service employs teams of archaeologists to identify and research archaeological sites on park lands for the purposes of public interpretation and site preservation. Archaeologists work closely with museum collections curators to care for artifacts and samples from sites on NPS lands.

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated for exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Learn more about archaeological National Historic Landmarks in Alaska.

April is Alaska Archaeology Month! It is a time to reflect on Alaska’s rich and exceptionally long-lived cultural traditions that we understand, in part, through archaeological research. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness about preservation of the archaeological record, a non-renewable resource relentlessly subjected to a range of threats. Learn more about Alaska’s past at a series of events–public talks, exhibits, hands-on activities–happening across the state. And watch for the latest installment of the Alaska Archaeology Month poster coming to to schools schools, libraries, and museums throughout Alaska.


Browse archaeology studies conducted across Alaska.

Source: Data Store Collection 3734. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Read about Archaeological studies in Alaska and the scientists who lead them

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