Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: RAPID: Cataloging and Returning to Alaska the NSF funded Tebenkof Bay Project (Award# 1242822)

PI: Maschner, Herbert DG (
Phone: (208) 236.2745 
Institute/Department: Idaho State University, Department of Anthropology 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (
Discipline(s): | Social and Human Sciences |

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Science Summary:
The Tebenkof Bay Project was funded by the National Science Foundation as part of PI Herbert Maschner's dissertation research. The project resulted in Maschner's PhD dissertation (1992), contributed directly to Ames and Maschner's book "The Peoples of the Northwest Coast (1999)," and a special section published in (1991). Data from this research was used in 16 articles and chapters, and dozens of conference presentations. As part of this project, over 75 boxes of midden remains, including nearly 100,000 fish bones, were collected. In recent years a number of new science research initiatives in ancient DNA, stable isotopes, elemental analysis, and fisheries studies have requested samples from this collection. However, in order to be fully useful for these new techniques, the collection needs to have an updated catalog and archival storage system. This project provides support for cataloging the collection, creating the metadata to facilitate access, and preparing the collection to be returned to Alaska and stored at the Museum of the North where the data can be easily accessed by scientists and interested Alaska Native community members.

Logistics Summary:
The Tebenkof Bay Project, now 23 years later, is still the largest regional attempt at understanding ancient Tlingit settlement and subsistence in relation to the environment ever completed. It is critical that this project be catalogued and the samples and data made available to the broader scientific community. This RAPID project provides funding for cataloging 75 boxes of midden remains, including nearly 100,000 fish bones from the PI's dissertation research under NSF grant 8912981. In addition the PI will create the metadata to make it useable, and prepare the collection to be returned to Alaska and stored at the Museum of the North. No fieldwork is conducted.

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