Shemya Island and the Question of Inland Sites

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Author(s): Debra Corbett

Year: 2008


During the July 2002 excavation of sewer lines at Eareckson Air Station, two prehistoric midden deposits containing shell, bone, whalebone, stone and bone artifacts, and human remains were exposed. The Air Force Remote Sites archaeologist, Karlene Leeper, halted the work until archaeologists could determine whether the remains represented an in situ cultural deposit, or whether midden was transported as fill from elsewhere. Joined by Diane Hanson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Leeper reevaluated the site July 16 through 23, 2002. In part to mitigate the damage from the sewer excavations, and to evaluate the potential for finding additional non-coastal archaeological sites, Leeper contracted with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conduct archaeological excavations at ATU-239. During fieldwork in 2005 project crew were shown the location of a second non-coastal site at the east end of the runway, ATU-613. Leeper contracted again with FWS to have this site investigated, as part of a larger study of non-coastal sites, in 2006. This report details that study.

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Shemya Island and the Question of Inland Sites. Debra Corbett. 2008 ( tDAR id: 459124) ; doi:10.48512/XCV8459124

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