Ancient artifacts dug up in Sitka


Sitka residents unearthed their history a centimeter at a time this summer.

They dug past the birth of Christ, past when the pyramids and the Great Wall of China were built to find
basket fragments, wooden carvings and a stone tip created almost 5,000 years ago.

The baskets, some of the oldest found in Southeast, are identical to utilitarian ones Tlingits weave today."

Cave reveals 10,500 year old remains

by Kristin Price The Juneau Empire 12/25/02

" Anthropologist Jim Dixon believes that the first humans in North America populated the continent via the Northwest Coast. Dixon, author of Bones, Boats and Bison, and the principle investigator on an excavation project on Prince of Wales Island, spoke December 18 at the Sealaska Building in Juneau.

The island site, known as "On Your Knees Cave," is thought to be one of the most significant archaeological and anthropological sites in Southeast Alaska.

In 1996, a scientist exploring the cave discovered human bones from a young male in his early 20s. The remains have been radiocarbon dated to around 10,500 years old, making them the oldest human remains in Alaska and Canada. " ...

Ancient fish trap discovered

By KRISTIN BIGSBY, Chilkat Valley News, September 10, 2003
Turns out, the resident had come upon remnants of what appears to be a 2,100-year-old fish trap.

It's the oldest known artifact discovered in the Chilkat Valley, said Sheldon Museum director Cynthia "C.J." Jones.

"We might be looking at the center or one of the ends (of the fish trap), but because we don't know how much the river has changed over time or how much things have eroded, we're only seeing a snapshot of what used to be out there," Prang said.

Jon Loring, an archaeologist who worked with the Alaska State Museum to excavate a 700-year-old Tlingit fish trap in 1991 at Montana Creek in Juneau, said fish traps were traditionally used widely throughout the region.



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