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Yukon Island Main Site

Yukon Island, Alaska
County of Kenai Peninsula.
National Register Number: 66000955
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - village site (pueblo group). The threat level was Watch in
2004.
Congressional District: AK-At-Large Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 29, 1962):
This is the oldest and most continuously occupied archeological site on Cook Inlet. Excavation here helped define the Kachemak Bay Culture, which is related to that of the Salish Indians to the south and to that of the Kamchatkans and Ainu of Asia.

Condition:
The greatest threats to the Landmark continue to be severe site erosion and complex land ownership issues. Portions of the Main Site are now submerged, eroding into the ocean, and subject to further damage from storms. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife service which owns the site allows camping on the beachfront where the main site is located, but vandalism does not appear to be a problem. There has been excavation of the beachfront area by professional archeologists, but these efforts have been largely volunteer, and the results of their work have not been published.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
A well-funded, large-scale excavation in the areas most subject to erosion is necessary to prevent an irretrievable loss of information.


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