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Prehistory of Clam Lagoon (Image 1)

July 7, 2010
Prehistory of Clam Lagoon (Image 1) Archaeologists excavate an ancient house pit using trowels and brushes on Adak Island, Alaska. Funded by the Arctic Social Sciences Division of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs (grant OPP 03-53065), an international, interdisciplinary research team excavated archaeological sites and collected geological and paleobiological data around Clam Lagoon, on the northern side of Adak Island, Alaska. The purpose of the 2005-2007 field expedition was to determine human-nature interactions in the Central Aleutians during the last 6000 years. Children from the local school and Adak citizens participated in the project along side professional scientists, as part of the Adak Discovery Community, a Web site developed by the local school to give students and others a place to make announcements, contribute stories and updates on projects, and contribute photos. Archaeological evidence suggests Aleut hunter gatherers first inhabited Adak Island in the vicinity of Clam Lagoon approximately 6,000 years ago. This 6,000-year-old site represents the oldest archaeological site in the Central Aleutian Islands. Shell and bones recovered from this site provide evidence that the earliest Adakians possessed a broad-based economy. They relied heavily on sea mammal and bird hunting, fishing and shellfish collection from the nearby Clam Lagoon. To learn more about this research, see the story "The Central Aleutians Archaeological and Paleobiological Project." (Date of Image: 2006) [Image 1 of 9 related images. See Image 2.]

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