Natural History Collections
Natural history collections are also useful for research. For example, archaeologists can compare the stone used to make prehistoric tools with geological samples. This helps them to identify the likely sources of raw materials people used in the past. Or archaeologists can use animal bones in our collections to identify the animal remains found in old garbage deposits.
Spreading Wood Fern, Ouzinkie, August 1990. Kodiak Area Native Association Collection, Alutiiq Museum, AM4:94. Photograph by Priscilla Russell.