Anna and the Sea: Reflections on Anna Kerttula's Influence on a Generation of North Pacific Archaeology

Author(s): Ben Fitzhugh; Catherine West; Sven Haakanson

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Celebrating Anna Kerttula's Contributions to Northern Research" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Archaeological research in Alaska and the broader North Pacific Rim has revealed a long and complex history of human occupation, dynamic human-environmental interactions, and – above all - underscores the relevance of archaeology to people living across the region today. These developments span the nearly two decades of Dr. Kerttula’s tenure at the helm of NSF’s Arctic Social Sciences Program and reflect how she has engaged us and our colleagues and students in integrative, interdisciplinary, and community-based scholarship. In this paper, and from our unique perspectives, we seek to show how Dr. Kerttula’s tenure in NSF’s Office of Polar Programs has stimulated us to new scholarship and scientific discovery, paved the way for a new generation of scholars, and promoted Native Science, socially responsible research, and a comparative and collaborative approach to knowledge. Highlights of this narrative include community archaeology in the Kodiak Archipelago, Bering Sea social science planning, and comparative human ecodynamics across and between the subarctic North Pacific and Atlantic.

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Anna and the Sea: Reflections on Anna Kerttula's Influence on a Generation of North Pacific Archaeology. Ben Fitzhugh, Catherine West, Sven Haakanson. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451242)

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min long: -169.453; min lat: 50.513 ; max long: -49.043; max lat: 72.712 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25346