New Release from The SAA Press!

Date Posted: July 11, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

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 track the history of cultural innovations in the Arctic and Subarctic for the past 12,000 years, including the development of sophisticated architecture, watercraft, fur clothing, hunting technology, and worldviews. Climate change is linked to many of the successes and failures of its inhabitants; warming or cooling periods led to periods of resource abundance or collapse, and in several instances to long-distance migrations. At its western and eastern margins, the Arctic also experienced the impact of Asian and European world systems, from that of the Norse in the East to the Russians in the Bering Strait.


Cultural Resources Specialist Position at HDR in Anchorage

Date Posted: June 17, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

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. The successful candidate will support clients with Section 106 and Alaska Historic Preservation Act compliance and coordination activities that may include agreement document preparation, finding of effect recommendations, consultation planning, fieldwork and associated reporting. The successful candidate may also serve as a task or project manager and subsistence researcher and reporter.

Candidates should be familiar with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Alaska State Historic Preservation Act, field study planning, execution, and documentation, preparation of state and federal land access permits, QC review and interpretation of field data, and the regulatory framework for cultural resource management in Alaska. The successful candidate should have some knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental regulations that pertain to cultural resources.  The successful candidate will be familiar with cultural resources management, research and documentation; field work and technical writing; and consultation with tribal entities and diverse stakeholders. Candidates must be available for fieldwork and travel throughout Alaska. The successful candidate will work independently and assist senior scientists on larger projects. Must demonstrate commitment to data confidentiality agreements and professional ethics standards. Must demonstrate interest and willingness to learn and accept increasing responsibility for tasks.


Master’s degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, Historic Preservation or closely related field is required. Alaska-based fieldwork required; familiarity with Alaska subsistence issues preferred.

Previous field- or office work experience in cultural resource management discipline required. Minimum of 5 years of experience with cultural resources projects, with at least 3 years as a Field Supervisor/Field Director.

Experience with Microsoft Office Suite required. Must be highly motivated self-starter with excellent, proven writing and communication skills. Experience working independently and with a team required.

Must be willing to work under varied weather conditions and participate in rural and urban field efforts with small and large teams. Experience with GIS processing and field tools preferred.

For more information and to apply online, please go to

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

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

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]

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, in Anchorage, May 17-19

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

May 2018 is the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu, the only ground battle of World War II to take place on American soil.  The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hosting activities May 17-19 in Anchorage.  Activities include films, an art show, presentations and panel discussions.  More information can be found at

Guiding Principles for Field-Based Historic Preservation, in Anchorage, May 15-17, 2018

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Vanishing Treasures Program of the National Park Service is presenting a workshop, Guiding Principles for Field-Based Historic Preservation, in Anchorage, May 15-17, 2018.  Topics include understanding how treatment decisions for historic resources are developed, how resources are evaluated, and how compliance, laws and the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for historic preservation are connected to the work performed by trades personnel.  The course, with classroom and field sessions, is geared to trades personnel, contractors, engineers, architects, and historic building owners.  For additional information about the course and registration, contact Erin Gibbs, 307.739.3571 /erin_gibbs[at] or vanishingtreasures[at]

The Tribal Heritage Historic Preservation Grant

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Tribal Heritage Historic Preservation grant application deadline is May 11, 2018.  Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native groups and Native Hawaiian organizations are eligible to apply.  Guidelines and application instructions are available at

May is National Historic Preservation Month

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The National Trust for Historic Preservation promotes May as Historic Preservation Month to encourage saving important places in communities across the country.  The Trust is asking people to share photos of special events and places during the month on their social media sites, #ThisPlaceMatters and @SavingPlaces and invites comments on what preservation means to people.  They have a prepared a toolkit that can be found at

For the month, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Park Service, and National Trust have teamed up to hold a photo contest, “Picture Yourself in a Historic Place.”  Everyone is invited to share photos of themselves, family, and friends enjoying a historic place using the hashtag #MyHistoricPlace.  The photo must have a caption that includes the name and location of the historic place.  You must tag the @USACHP, @NationalRegisterNPS, @NPSCLP, @NPSParkCLP, and @savingplaces.  One winner will be picked weekly through May and announced each Tuesday on the Advisory Council’s social media sites.  For more information and to view the photos go to and click on Campaigns.

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Archaeology Month Movie Part 4 by Monty Rogers.
The final installment of recreating an Ocean Bay slate spear point.

Historic Resource Specialist Intern Position in Oregon State

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Following PennDOTs lead in every possible way, we are establishing an internship in cultural resources.

This fall, expect a similar announcement for the archaeological program – for now, we are seeking a brave intern to start with us on the historic/built side of the house.

Aside from traveling the state with our historians, aiding in survey and project effect analysis, they will be trained (best we can) on the practice of Section 106 and 4(f), as well as given a single project to carry out over the course of the summer.  We also plan to have them interact with Oregon’s SHPO interns, including a role-playing discussion about eligibility and effect.

Please share accordingly, we are catching up on lost time, given the delay in getting the funding, recruitment, etc.  So your help is greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Chris Bell

Historic Resource Specialist Intern (ODOT18-1595oc)

Closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday 5/14/2018.


19th Annual Atlatl Event May 5th at the Alaska Native Heritage Center

Date Posted: May 1, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The 19th Annual Alaska Atlatl Fun and Throw is taking place on Saturday, May 05, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive in Anchorage.  Come out for a free, fun-filled afternoon using the atlatl (spear thrower) and spear (dart)!  Try your hand hunting seal from kayak with a traditional throwing board and dart! Hunt bison or the Ice Age’s Wooly Rhino! Top score wins an atlatl and dart! Sponsored by the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology. For an ADN article on last year’s event see  If you have questions please contact Richard VanderHoek at 94704868.