Coal Creek gold dredge, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. NPS photo.

Welcome to the Alaska Anthropological Association

Founded in 1974, the Association is a statewide professional organization for people working, studying and interested in all areas of northern anthropology. Today, the Association has over 200 active members in Alaska, the United States and countries including Canada, France, Denmark, Norway, and Japan. For more than thirty years its members have helped to break new ground in basic and applied research, to build collaborations between researchers and communities, and to foster public knowledge and interest in circumpolar cultural heritage. The Association’s annual meetings are an international forum for projects in archaeology, linguistics, cultural studies, oral history, medical anthropology, museum exhibitions, cultural resource management, human genetics, and more. Our peer-reviewed publications – the Alaska Journal of Anthropology and Aurora monograph series – hold a growing and respected place in the literature of the north.

The Alaska Anthropological Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that depends on dues, contributions, and the volunteer efforts of its members. It offers student, regular, and institutional memberships, all including an annual subscription to the Alaska Journal of Anthropology.

July 11, 2018

New Release from The SAA Press!

Out of the Cold  By Owen K. Mason and T. Max Friesen Kindle® Edition Available! The Arctic rim of North America presents one of the most daunting environments for humans. Cold and austere, it is lacking in plants but rich in marine mammals-primarily the ringed seal, walrus, and bowhead whale. In this book, the authors . . . MORE
June 17, 2018

Cultural Resources Specialist Position at HDR in Anchorage

HDR, Inc. has an opportunity in our Anchorage office for a Cultural Resources Specialist. The primary duties of the Cultural Resource Specialist are to support clients with Section 106 compliance activities for a variety of development projects in Alaska. This is mid-career position that requires Secretary of Interior qualification as an Archaeologist at a minimum. . . . MORE
May 01, 2018

Section 106 webinar “Planning for Successful Section 106 Agreements” on May 24 and 29

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has one more Section 106 webinar scheduled this spring.  “Planning for Successful Section 106 Agreements” will be offered May 24 and 29 The program description and registration instructions are at  If you have questions about the programs email training[at]