12,000 years ago retreating ice sheets from the last great Ice Age finally revealed land passages into interior Alaska. A population of people who had originated in Asia but long lived independent of Asia on Beringia, the Bering Land Bridge, finally entered North America proper.
Archaeological sites in Alaska show a succession of rich ways of life and different cultures. The people who survived those challenging years were amazing! They faced and tackled harsh environments, inventing and improving tools, crafting cultural traditions, establishing hunting camps, settlements, and trade routes. Their settlements, tools and art help us understand the spread of technology and culture through the Arctic and beyond.
Today, Alaskan archaeological sites which show evidence of a subsistence lifestyle can be found near where modern-day Native people practice the same techniques– because they work. These are skills custom-tailored to survival in Alaska.
Join Frontier Scientists at archaeological digs: investigating Paleo-Eskimo hunting camps, discovering ancient human remains, uncovering the sites of sod houses and recording faces and symbols called Petroglyphs carved into rock walls near the sea. Hear the stories of archaeologists and of modern-day Natives rediscovering and bringing to life their peoples’ traditional weaving techniques.