Archaeology Month Posters
The 2015 Alaska Archaeology month poster featured the Northern Archaic Tradition, an archaeological culture dating roughly between 3,000 and 6,000 years ago. You can learn more about the Northern Archaic Tradition at Gates of the Arctic NP’s “Landscape Archaeology at Agiak Lake” or in Volume 45(2) of Arctic Anthropology. You can also follow Tim Rast as he re-creates a Northern Archaic dart and atlatl.
The 2014 poster featured the Denbigh Flint Complex, an archaeological phase known from sites in western and northern Alaska that dates to about 3300-4000 years ago. Distant ancestors of modern Inupiat and Inuit, Denbigh people pioneered new lands and innovated new technologies that set the stage for the next four millennia of high latitude living across the American Arctic.
Some of the most important Denbigh archaeological sites are located on National Park Service lands, including Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, and Cape Krusenstern. The NPS also administers, as a National Historic Landmark, the Iyatayet site at Cape Denbigh where the Denbigh Flint Complex was first identified in 1948.
The poster contains original artwork by Anchorage artist Holly Nordlum, a collage created with materials from western Alaska that would have been familiar to Denbigh people, as well as tools and reference materials used by archaeologists. It was produced by the National Park Service with assistance from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Cultural Resources Division, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Air Force, and the University of Alaska Museum.
The 2014 Alaska Archaeology Month poster won 1st Place in the Society for American Archaeology’s 2015 Annual State Poster competition!
The theme of the 2013 poster was the “Archaeology of Alaska’s Military Landscape,” specifically that of the Aircraft and Control Warning System. Built in the 1950s, the AC&W System was one of the first radar defense systems developed by the United States during the Cold War.
The 2012 poster celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act (1862-2012). Homesteading played an important role in Alaska’s history between 1898 and 1986.
This poster was produced by the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Region.
The 2011 poster theme revolved around mammoth hunting, which paired nicely with the Anchorage Museum’s Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age Exhibit.
The poster features original artwork by Anchorage artist Maureen Howard and images from numerous archaeologists (Dr. Jason Rogers, Dr. Chuck Holmes, Randolph Tedor, Dr. David Yesner, and Travis Shinabarger). The poster was designed by Meg Anderson, graphic designer for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
Financial support for this poster was provided by the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Dr. David Yesner. It was produced by the Office of History and Archaeology.
The theme of the 2010 poster was Alaska’s World War II archaeology.
This poster was designed by Dirk HR Spennemann, and produced by the National Park Service.
Celebrating the anniversary of Alaska Statehood (1959-2009), this poster depicts some of the more famous early archaeological sites that have been discovered in the past fifty years: Mesa Site, Onion Portage, Broken Mammoth, Swan Point, Dry Creek, Tangle Lakes, On Your Knees Cave, and Anangula.
The poster was produced by the Bureau of Land Management. Financial support was provided by BLM and the National Park Service.
The 2008 theme was “Traveling Through Time on the Iditarod Trail.” The Iditarod National Historic Trail extends approximately 1000 miles across the state of Alaska, connecting Anchorage to Nome. Today the annual Iditarod dog sled race (~1,100 miles) follows much of this historic route.
The poster was designed by Dr. Linda Finn Yarborough, Charles Lindemuth (both of Chugach National Forest), and Dr. Bob King (Bureau of Land Managment). Other contributors included Chugach NF employees Annette Heckart, Heather Hall, Shawn Kenney, and Mona Spargo. Photos were provided by BLM, Chugach NF, the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Cultural Resources Division.
The 2008 Alaska Archaeology Month poster won 1st Place in the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual State Poster competition – the first time Alaska has received the award!
The theme of the 2007 poster was “Culture and Change: Maintaining Values.”
This poster was awarded 3rd Place in the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual State Poster Competition!
The 2006 poster celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Antiquities Act (1906-2006).
This poster was awarded 2nd Place in the Society for American Archaeology’s Annual State Poster Competition!
The theme of the 2005 poster was “Lighting Up the Past.” It showcased the use of digital enhancement technology in analysis of pictographs and petroglyphs, specifically at Pictograph Cave in Southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Archipelago.
The poster was designed by Carolynne Merrell, Julene Ewert, and Terry Fifield (all of Tongass National Forest). Financial support came from the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, US Air Force, and US Army.