Onion Portage Archeological District National Historic Landmark

Kobuk Valley National Park

Excavating at the Onion Portage site in 1967
Excavating at the Onion Portage site in 1967

Paul Gleeson 1967

Quick Facts

Location:
Kobuk Valley, Alaska
Significance:
For 8000 years, people camped, made tools, prepared game, and eventually settled at Onion Portage.
Designation:
National Historic Landmark designated on June 2, 1978
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No
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.


Additional Information

Peeling back the layers at Onion Portage, Kobuk Valley National Park

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Last updated: April 10, 2018