Palugvik Site National Historic Landmark

Complicated bays of Prince William Sound at the Chugach National Forest
Complicated bays of Prince William Sound at the Chugach National Forest

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Quick Facts

Location:
Cordova, Alaska
Significance:
The Palugvik archeological site shows a long-established Alaska Native presence in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.
Designation:
National Historic Landmark designated on December 29, 1962
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No
The Palugvik Site National Historic Landmark has critical information on the cultural development in Prince William Sound and the broader regions of the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast Alaska.

The Palugvik Site is mainly made up of a massive shell heap left by the island’s settlers. The sea shells form a protective shield around other artifacts that were left at the site, giving researchers a rare opportunity to study the earliest people to inhabit Prince William Sound.

The Palugvik Site is within the traditional cultural territory of the Chugach people who are direct descendants of the sites ancient occupants. The Palugvik archeological site shows a long-established Alaska Native presence in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska.


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Last updated: April 12, 2018