Obsidian pebbles from the Wiki Peak source in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. NPS photo by Jeff Rasic.


2019 AkAA Conference Accommodations

Date Posted: February 19, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

Looking for last minute accommodations for the annual meeting in Nome? There are still a few rooms available at Dredge No. 7 Inn (907-304-1270), Aurora Inn (907-443-3838) and Nugget Inn (907-443-2323). See you there!

2019 AkAA Conference Program

Date Posted: February 18, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

The 2019 conference program for the 46th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association is now online. Look forward to seeing you in Nome!

2019 AkAA Conference Program_NOME

Alaska Anthropological Association Board Members Election Results

Date Posted: February 13, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

Congratulations and welcome aboard!

Amy Phillips-Chan, our newly elected board president,

new regular board members, Sam Coffman, Morgan Blanchard, and Britteny Howell, and

the  student representative Joshua Lynch


Archeologist Position, Department of the Interior, National Park Service

Date Posted: January 31, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

These positions are located in the Alaska Region.

Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is late March/early April through September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: Late March through early April 2019.

Job Duties, and Qualifications, and Requirements 

Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop

Date Posted: January 29, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

The University of New Mexico, Department of Anthropology will host its first ever Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop in Albuquerque on April 9–10, 2019.

Dr. Derek Hamilton from the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Center (SUERC) at the University of Glasgow and Dr. Tony Krus from the University of South Dakota, will teach this two-day interactive workshop. Space is very limited, so sign up now to learn how to develop and critically evaluate archaeological applications of Bayesian chronological modeling.

Registration for the workshop can be done online at the following website: 


Bayesian Chronological Modeling Workshop 1page_flyer_UNM

Upcoming Historic Preservation Training in Alaska

Date Posted: January 25, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

Mark your calendars – opportunities on the horizon. We invite you to learn, network, and refresh your knowledge with events planned or co-sponsored by the Alaska Office of History and Archaeology in Spring 2019. Updates and future training opportunities can be found on our Workshops and Trainings page.


Sarah Meitl

Review and Compliance Coordinator

Alaska State Historic Preservation Office / Office of History and Archaeology

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1310

Anchorage, AK 99501-3510




Historic Preservation Training, Office of History and Archaeology (OHA)

April 23, 2019

In keeping with the Historic Preservation Plan, OHA is exploring options to provide training opportunities about historic preservation and the National Register Program. Based on interest, OHA may have a Basic 106/Historic Preservation training designed to introduce new practitioners to historic preservation. The training is tentatively scheduled from 1-4 at the Atwood Building in Anchorage on Tuesday, April 23. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sarah Meitl at sarah.meitl[at]alaska.gov by March 23, 2019 – a minimum of 15 students will be required to move forward with the training. The draft agenda includes: Section 106 Basics, Best Practices – What to submit for review, Best Consultation Practices, Best Agreement Document Practices, AHRS Basics, and a tutorial on using the Alaska Heritage Resources Survey (AHRS). Keep an eye out on our Workshops and Trainings page for updates on this and future training opportunities.

OHA/SHPO Annual Workshop

April 24, 2019

OHA’s Annual Workshop is April 24, 2019 at the BP Center in Anchorage from 8:30 am – 5 pm. This year’s program seeks to provide professionals working with OHA/SHPO program updates and guidance through examples and case studies. The draft agenda includes: AHRS Updates, OHA/SHPO Program Updates, Archaeological Survey, what is a site, Determinations of Eligibility, Alaska Roads PA Update, and Public Outreach.

Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, National Preservation Institute (NPI)

April 29-30, 2019

In this introduction to the basics of cultural landscapes, learn about designed, vernacular, and ethnographic landscapes, and historic sites. Review applicable laws and regulations, and discuss how to identify and inventory character-defining features of a landscape. Explore the concepts of preservation planning and documentation, and the development of the cultural landscape report for use in managing historic and cultural landscapes. Case studies illustrate realistic approaches to effective landscape management and preservation.


Landscape Preservation: Advanced Tools for Managing Change, NPI

May 1, 2019

In this advanced landscape preservation seminar, explore the sometimes conflicting issues that direct the process of change and decision making for challenging landscapes. Review the practice and discuss the implications of inventorying, evaluating, treating, and maintaining landscape resources. Identify tools and techniques for managing change when difficult issues affect the process. Understand the philosophical foundations for making sound, educated decisions about the preservation and long-term management of historic and cultural landscapes.


[NEW] John Cook Travel Scholarship

Date Posted: January 17, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska Anthropological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology or a related discipline to apply for the annual John P. Cook Travel Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is designed to assist eligible students attend the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association.

Applications must be received by January 15 each year, starting for the 2020 annual meeting.
See attached the John Cook Travel Scholarship page.

46th AkAA Annual Meeting: NOME

Date Posted: January 15, 2019       Category: Uncategorized

Join us in Nome for the first time in the history of the Alaska Anthropological Association for the 46th Annual Meeting from February 27 – March 2, 2019! This year’s meeting is organized by the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum and features a diversity of sessions, public programs, and outdoor adventures that invite you to discover and explore the historical and cultural fabric of the Bering Strait region. For additional details check out the Annual Meeting tab above. See you in Nome!


New Arctic Studies Center YouTube channel

Date Posted: December 27, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

The Alaska office of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum has completed a new YouTube channel, presenting videos from its programs, where you can learn from Alaska Native elders, culture bearers and artists about their languages, arts and lifeways. Go to:


Playlist subjects include Dena’ina, Iñupiaq and St. Lawrence Island Yupik languages and cultures; making Aleutian Island bentwood hats; processing and making art with salmon, gut, ivory, porcupine quill and cedar bark.


Call for Conference Presentations – Kohklux Map: 150 Years

Date Posted: December 13, 2018       Category: Uncategorized

Kohklux Map: 150 Years
October 25-27, 2019
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse

Co-sponsored by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association (Whitehorse, Yukon) and Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center (Klukwan, Alaska)

Deadline for Proposals: April 30, 2019

2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux Map. Chilkat leader Kohklux and his wives drew the map in 1869 for American scientist George Davidson, who was in the north to view a solar eclipse. Depicting the details and landscape of an Indigenous trade route between southeast Alaska and southwest Yukon, to date it is not only the oldest surviving map of southern Yukon, but also the oldest preserved map of this region drawn on paper by Indigenous people.

In honour of this anniversary and in acknowledgement of the immeasurable cultural and historical value of this map, this multi-disciplinary conference will explore the Kohklux Map, its legacy, and related topics. It will offer a forum for the exchange of new research, stories, and memories, and in doing so will attract and connect community knowledge-keepers, academics, historians, and others with an interest in the map. Approximately 100 speakers and participants from the north, Canada, the United States, and beyond are expected to attend.