A crew led
by Alutiiq Museum director Sven Haakanson, Jr., has just
completed an archaeological and petroglyph survey at the southern end of the
island. Haakanson was joined by Patrick Saltonstall, Mark Rusk and Jill Lipka
at Cape Alitak to locate, map and document the
sites. The work performed this month is part of an effort that's been ongoing
for several years.
-- (Petroglyphs 1 "It turned out ... petraglyphs so far.")
took over 4,000 photos of the petroglyphs. He and Lipka sketched out the
petroglyphs and mapped them while Saltonstall and Rusk mapped out the nearby
-- (Petroglyphs 2 "We were trying ... you know, cold.")
Haakenson said that the wildlife
at the sites was both challenging and intriguing.
-- (Petroglyphs 3 "We had bears ...from our island.")
staff members are taking information from the survey to create a display that
will be available for viewing next year. Haakanson said that the actual rocks
containing petroglyphs won't be part of the display. The petroglyphs are
located on land owned by Akhiok-Kaguyak Incorporated.
-- (Petroglyphs 4 "I hope they ... creating new ones.")
carvings were left undisturbed during the survey, some samples of the sites
were taken in order to carbon date the petroglyphs. In about a month the museum
will have the results which will reveal the actual age of the ancient artwork.