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The Neversweat Prospect (MMK-092) is located on the right bank of Eldorado Creek, a tributary of Moose Creek. The site is a landscape of the Kantishna Historic Mining District (KHMD). The KHMD is within the boundaries of Denali National Park and Preserve, at the end of the 92 mile Park Road near Wonder Lake. The Neversweat Prospect is a 4.3 acre historic site and contains a small collection of historic buildings and structures, small scale features and landscape features associated with lode mining. The extant features consist of one building (cabin), and 15 structures (three collapsed adits, one partially collapsed adit, one partially collapsed outhouse, a historic road, a historic trail, six rock retaining walls)....
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This dissertation presents results from four recently discovered archeological sites in southcentral Alaska. The sites range from the Younger Dryas to middle Holocene in age and provide valuable contextual information for the human process of colonizing a region that was heavily glaciated during the LGM. The deglaciation and human colonization of southcentral Alaska is one of the most significant aspects of the settling phase in eastern Beringia not only for its potential to inform about the human response to post-glacial landscapes but also for what we can learn about subsequent migrations to the southern coast of Alaska. Understanding how early foraging societies spread throughout eastern Beringia, after its initial...
This dissertation examines one corner of the grammar of the Ahtna Athabaskan language of Alaska: the use and semantics of the lexical class of directionals. In particular, this dissertation looks at how Ahtna speakers use directionals in spontaneous discourse and elicitation against the backdrop of the physiography of Ahtna territory. The semantics of the directional system is traditionally riverine, meaning that the orientation of the local river local determines which directional term speakers choose. Talk about direction and location of referents in the natural landscape is common among Ahtna speakers: Ahtna people are traditionally seminomadic, and verbally displaying one's knowledge of overland travel through...
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New field mapping of surficial deposits near the Castner Glacier, Alaska has identified three distinct moraine complexes beyond the current glacier margin, denoting at least three separate intervals of glacial advance or stillstand. The timing of moraine stabilization and ice retreat was determined by cosmogenic super( 10)Be surface exposure dating for the two older moraines along with lichenometric measurements for all three moraines. Surface exposure ages indicate the timing of ice retreat after the late Wisconsin maximum at 14.7 c 0.7 ka (n = 4, k-years before present), and identify the intermediate moraine as corresponding to the Little Ice Age (LIA) at 1627 c 32 years AD (n = 2). Lichen measurements from the...
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The purpose of this study is to understand chipped stone technological behaviors at the Mead Site located in central Alaska. Lithics from each cultural occupation ranging in age from 11,460BP to 1420BP were analyzed and compared. Specific objectives include (1) characterization of variability in raw material and use for each cultural component, (2) description of lithic stages of reduction represented in each component, (3) description of the basic lithic industries represented, and (4) the identification and characterization of spatial organization and lithic behaviors. Results indicate (1) the tools and debris from Cultural Zone (CZ) 1b and CZ2 show preferential use of local materials, while the tools from CZ3b...
Dena'ina oral tradition indicates that the antecedent worldview brought with the migrating Athabascan Dena'ina into the Cook Inlet Basin and the Lake Clark/Iliamna Lake region included dual organization, perhaps moieties, matrilineal descent, a preferential rule for cross cousin marriage, and customs in which on ceremonial occasions guests would perform services for hosts, who recompensed the former with goods. Archaeological and ethnographic evidence is summarized in this thesis that indicates that the Dena'ina communal hunting and gathering and intensive salmon fishing strategy, in combination with borrowed Alutiiq technology, was a successful adaptation to the maritime/riverine environment of the Cook Inlet Basin...


map background search result map search result map Frederica de Laguna and the Study of Pre-Contact Pictographs from Coastal Sites in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, Alaska A First Approximation of Holocene Inter-Assemblage Variability in Central Alaska The End of the Kachemak Tradition on the Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral Alaska The Siruk Site, Alatna River, Alaska: a Koyukon Winter House Subarctic 'Prehistory' in the Anthropological Imagination The World Turned Upside Down: A History of Mining on Coal Creek and Woodchopper Creek, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska People of the Lakes: Stories of our Van Tat Gwich'in Elders/ Googwandak Nakhwach'ando Van Tat Gwich'in A late glacial and holocene chronology of the Castner Glacier, Delta River Valley, Alaska Cultural landscape report : Kennecott Mill Town Neversweat Prospect: Cultural Landscape Inventory, Denali National Park, National Park Service Lithic analysis at the Mead Site, central Alaska Middle Holocene humans in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska Prehistoric colonization of southcentral Alaska: Human adaptations in a post glacial world Importance of traditional foods for the food security of two First Nations communities in the Yukon, Canada The Siruk Site, Alatna River, Alaska: a Koyukon Winter House People of the Lakes: Stories of our Van Tat Gwich'in Elders/ Googwandak Nakhwach'ando Van Tat Gwich'in A late glacial and holocene chronology of the Castner Glacier, Delta River Valley, Alaska Lithic analysis at the Mead Site, central Alaska The World Turned Upside Down: A History of Mining on Coal Creek and Woodchopper Creek, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska Middle Holocene humans in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska The End of the Kachemak Tradition on the Kenai Peninsula, Southcentral Alaska Neversweat Prospect: Cultural Landscape Inventory, Denali National Park, National Park Service Cultural landscape report : Kennecott Mill Town Frederica de Laguna and the Study of Pre-Contact Pictographs from Coastal Sites in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, Alaska Prehistoric colonization of southcentral Alaska: Human adaptations in a post glacial world Importance of traditional foods for the food security of two First Nations communities in the Yukon, Canada A First Approximation of Holocene Inter-Assemblage Variability in Central Alaska Subarctic 'Prehistory' in the Anthropological Imagination