Wales Sites National Historic Landmark

Kurigitagvik Mound site at Wales Sites National Historic Landmark
Kurigitagvik Mound site at Wales Sites National Historic Landmark

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Quick Facts

Location:
Wales, Alaska
Significance:
Archaeology that spans from the Birnirk period to the present.
Designation:
National Historic Landmark designated on December 29, 1962
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
No

Wales has been a whaling and seal hunting village for the last 1,500 years. The Wales sites provided the first evidence of successive stages of prehistoric Inupiat culture in northern Alaska. The Landmark, designated in 1962, is composed of two prehistoric sites containing material that spans the period from the Birnirk culture (500 to 900 AD) to the present. The first discovery of the Thule culture in Alaska, which chronologically follows Birnirk, was made at the Kurigatavik site in Wales.


Additional Information

Toward an archaeology of late prehistoric Eskimo bands in coastal northwest Alaska, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 2013, by Roger Harritt

Variations of late prehistoric houses in coastal northwest Alaska: a view from Wales, Arctic Anthropology, 2010, by Roger Harritt

Henry B. Collins at Wales, Alaska 1936: A Partial Description of Collections, by Don E. Dumond, with sections by Henry B. Collins, in Arctic, 2004, by Peter Schledermann
 

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