A Family Learning Adventure
Alaskan Wilderness Cruise

July 10 - 19, 2002

The Education Program

In leading this program, Professor Rick Davis feels fortunate to have the opportunity to focus on his archaeological fieldwork in Unalaska, an island located approximately one-third down the Aleutian chain. This remote region of wind and storm was once home to large populations of Unangan (Aleut) peoples, who lived in sizeable settlements and subsisted off the rich marine mammal and fish resources which to this day draw a huge fishing industry.

For the past several summers Professor Davis and Rick Knecht, Bryn Mawr Ph.D. ('95) and director of the Museum of the Aleutians, have excavated at a series of sites - Margaret Bay, Summer Bay, Amaknak Bridge, and Hog Island - and have established a chronology of occupation exceeding 8,000 years. Their interests focus on understanding the relation between climatic change upon the availability of marine resources and the consequent effects on the peoples who inhabited the region. An exciting aspect of their work is the tremendous support they have received from Unangan institutions and individuals, and the high level of interest and enthusiasm that exists for reconstructing Unangan history.


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Date Created: November 28, 2001
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