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Womens Bay Project

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Excavations at the Amak Site, in the valley at the head of Womens Bay.

Archaeological sites are like books, each one has a unique story to tell. By studying many sites in the same region, Alutiiq Museum archaeologists This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are building a library of information for one area - undestanding many different types of sites and their uses. Their research focuses on Womens Bay, and arm of larger Chiniak Bay. Here they have been excavating sites that span Kodiak's 7,500 year's of human history to better understand the development of settled village life. When did Alutiiqs begin to live in permanent houses? When did they begin to store great quantities of food for the winter?

Since 1997, the archaeologists have excavated samples from nine sites in different environments within the bay - the Blisky site on Near Island, the Outlet and Array sites on the Buskin River, Zaimka Mound and Mikt’sqaaq Angayuk at the bay mouth, and Salonie Mound, Bruhn Point, the Amak site, and the Kashevaroff site in the inner bay.

Students and volunteers participate in the research as part of the museum's annual Community Archaeology Program.