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Title: Site Specific Archaeological Restoration

Project Year and Number: 1993: 93006

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Douglas Reger, Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Assisting Personnel: Ted Birkedal, Charles Diters, John Mattson

Research Location: All Spill Affected Areas

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Archaeological Resources

Abstract: A two-phase archeological restoration assessment of all existing and accessible oil spill response documentation has identified 24 known archeological sites as having been injured by oil contamination, clean-up activities, and/or vandalism as a result of the EVOS and are in need of appropriate restoration activities. Based on the known damaged sites, it is estimated that a total of 112 archeological sites suffered substantive injury from EVOS cleanup or vandalism tied to the event. An estimated 59 archaeological sites were subjected to moderate to heavy oiling during the EVOS. Available evidence indicates that oil penetration impairs the ability of radiocarbon samples to yield accurate dates and may alter archaeologically relevant soil chemistry.

The goal of this project is to ameliorate injury to archaeological sites that were impacted by oiling, oil spill cleanup, or vandalism as a direct result of the EVOS. The geographic area of the project includes the Prince William Sound, Cook Inlet/Kenai Peninsula, and Kodiak/Alaska Peninsula regions. The specific locations of the sites which will be part of this project are subject to confidentiality restrictions.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Kodiak Island
Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Anthropology

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1993

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1993

Annual Report: 1993: View (8,708 KB)

Final Report: Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available