Archaeology and NAGPRA in Alaska: Examples of Intentional Excavation

Author(s): Rhea Hood; Rachel Mason

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Beyond Collections: Federal Archaeology and "New Discoveries" under NAGPRA" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Intentional excavation of human remains and associated items subject to NAGPRA occurs rarely. Such excavations are only permitted under particular circumstances and only with approval of lineal descendants (as appropriate) and affiliated tribes. In Alaska, National Park Service staff have facilitated consultation and developed Memorandums of Agreement with Plans of Action for excavating and analyzing human remains, with parties to the MOA including the National Park Service, affiliated tribes, lineal descendants, researchers, and the National Science Foundation. This presentation focuses on two projects on NPS lands in Alaska, where affiliated tribes approved of excavation of human remains for the purpose of research, including non-destructive and destructive analyses of human remains and associated funerary items. In these projects at Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park, tribal members also participated in archaeological investigations.

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Archaeology and NAGPRA in Alaska: Examples of Intentional Excavation. Rhea Hood, Rachel Mason. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451783)

Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 24984