Nunalleq: Archaeology, Climate Change, and Community Engagement in a Yup’ik Village

Charlotta Hillerdal* (Corresponding Author), Rick Knecht, Warren Jones

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In this paper, we present an overview of the most recent results of the ongoing research on the Nunalleq site in Southwestern Alaska, a late pre-contact Yupik settlement. This endeavor is a long-term project that has taken place in the context of the threat that the combined effects of climate change poses to archaeological heritage in the sub-Arctic. Recent climate-change research highlights local involvement and monitoring as the way forward, and here we see the clear intersection with community-based archaeology. From its initiation by the descendant Yup’ik village of Quinhagak, the Nunalleq Project has been conducted as a community-based project, and the local engagement with archaeology has continued to increase. We identify community archaeology as crucial to the future of Alaska archaeology, and the only feasible way to monitor and preserve archaeological resources now threatened by climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-17
Number of pages14
JournalArctic Anthropology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Bibliographical note

This research founded through and Arts and Humanities Research Council grant (AH/K006029/1) awarded to the authors and Dr. Kate Britton. Excavations at Nunalleq has also been supported by Qanirtuuq Inc. and the University of Aberdeen. This work would not be possible without the enthusiastic support from Quinhagak, for which we are very grateful. Finally we would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for constructive criticism that has helped improve this manuscript.


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