The majority of our archaeological collections come from the Kodiak Archipelago. These assemblages reflect all eras of as well as the complete span of Alutiiq history–from Kodiak's colonization 7,500 years ago to the American era. Most are from scientifically conducted studies, including many led by the Alutiiq Museum.
Major Archaeological Site Collections
Six hundred years ago, Alutiiq people built a village at the mouth of Kodiak Island’s salmon-rich Karluk River. Digging into the pebbled beach, they constructed houses from wood and sod. For centuries their descendants lived in the same place. As houses aged, residents built new structures over the old, creating a massive village. Over the years, freshwater pooled behind the settlement. House remains acted like a sponge, absorbing the water and preserving many of the things people left behind.
From 1983–1995, the Alutiiq community joined archaeologists to study the village and found a breathtaking array of wood, bone, ivory, and fiber objects. Over six years, the Karluk One site yeilded roughly 26,000 objects, providing a rare view of prehistoric Alutiiq life and fueling the heritage movement. In 1995, the collection became a cornerstone of the newly founded Alutiiq Museum. A book by the museum, Kal'unek–From Karluk, features this stunning collection.
Wooden dolls from Karluk One. Koniag, Inc. Collection.