Onion Portage Archeological District National Historic Landmark
Kobuk Valley, Alaska
For 8000 years, people camped, made tools, prepared game, and eventually settled at Onion Portage.
National Historic Landmark designated on June 2, 1978
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The Onion Portage Archeological District National Historic Landmark is on the Kobuk River in the Kobuk Valley National Park. For 8000 years, people camped, made tools, prepared game, and eventually settled at Onion Portage. The artifacts, campsites, and house ruins people left behind built up over the landscape for centuries before archeologists first excavated the site in the 1960s. At the time, the 8000 year old site was the oldest found in the region. It teaches us how people have used Onion Portage and the Kobuk Valley landscape as the climate, environment, and ways of life changed over an extraordinary amount of time.