Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Final Reporting for the Wales, Alaska, Archaeology Project (Award# 1202621)

PI: Harritt, Roger K ()
Phone: (907) 272.7560 
Institute/Department: RK Harritt and Associates,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (
Discipline(s): | Social and Human Sciences\Archaeology |

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Science Summary:
This project provides funding for the completion of the final report of a long-term archaeological project at Wales, Alaska, and will support two students as they assist in preparing the data and contents of the monograph for submission for publication, and ultimate curation of the cultural materials in the collection. The Wales project represents almost two decades of research on an important Alaskan site that represents a complexity of social group interaction in the region that both complements and complicates previous understandings of Bering Strait prehistory. In addition, the project will engage the Wales community in the preparation of the monograph, including traditional community knowledge (written by members of the Wales community) about the archaeological sites investigated. The completion of this project will see not only the publication of results but the return of the collections from this project to public curation and, eventually, the return of part of this collection to the Seward Peninsula/Bering Strait region where it can become a focus for local community awareness and education as well as a source of interpretation for non-indigenous residents and visitors to the area.

Logistics Summary:
This grant supports the preparation of the final report for a long term archaeological excavation and testing project at three sites at Wales, Alaska, carried out over seven field seasons, from 1996-2006. This funding supports two students as they assist with preparing the data and other contents of the monograph for submission for publication. The funds will also partially support preparation of the text by the PI.

This project has no fieldwork. However, in 2013 CPS will support the freight of an archaeological collection from Anchorage, Alaska, to the Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska. The PI will arrange and pay for freight of the collection, and CPS will reimburse for the freight costs. All other logistics will be organized by the researcher and paid through the grant

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