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Brooks River Archeological District

Naknek, Alaska
County of Bristol Bay.
National Register Number: 78000342
Resource type: District.
Property type: Domestic - village site (pueblo group). The threat level was Threatened in
Congressional District: AK- At -Large Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1993):
The district is located along the series of ancient beach ridges and river terraces associated with the 2 1/2-mile long Brooks River. The 20 well-preserved sites which make up the district date from 2500 BC to historic times. The district has yielded and is expected to continue to yield data of major scientific importance; included in the district is the single area of greatest concentration of Arctic Small Tool Tradition artifacts known in Alaska and possibly in North America. It is estimated that over 90% of all the archeological properties remain intact.

Since 2004, erosion has exposed additional archeological features and artifacts at the Brooks River Cutbank site. Even with data recovery, there will still be threats to the district due to erosion and continued need for maintaining the camp infrastructure.

Archeological monitoring continues.

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