Archaeologists examine stone tools found at the Tuluaq Hill site in Noatak 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.

September 30, 2015

Archaeology Day 2015!

If you are in the Anchorage area on Saturday, October 17th, be sure to check out Archaeology Day! The University of Alaska Anchorage will be hosting the event at the University Center Mall, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bring the whole family to learn about the human skeleton or flintknapping, or try your hand at . . . MORE
September 22, 2015

AK Association for Historic Preservation Annual Benefit

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) is inviting all members of the Alaska Anthropological Association to join them for their annual eat.drink.preserve. benefit to support Alaska‚Äôs 10 Most Endangered Historic Properties. Proceeds from the event will provide grant and seed money for threatened archaeological sites and historic buildings across the state. Saturday, September 26th, . . . MORE
September 16, 2015

1813 camp of Neva shipwreck found near Sitka

After more than 200 years of searching, archaeologists have identified the wreck site of the Russian-American Company frigate Neva. Made famous as one of two Russian vessels to circumnavigate the globe (1803-1807) and a participant in the Battle of Sitka, the Neva wrecked off of Kruzof Island more than three months after departing the Siberian . . . MORE