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Hayfield

The Hayfield site is situated in the upper Kuskokwim River region and within the traditional homelands of the Telida-Minchumina band of the Upper Kuskokwim Athabascans. The site is located near the outlet of Lower Telida Lake. Charlene Craft LeFebre conducted excavations at the site in the summer of 1949 (Craft 1950; LeFebre 1956). Proue et al. (2011) have published more recent research on the Hayfield collection. The collection is one of only a handful of sites excavated from this region and consists of stone, bone, and antler tools, pottery, and iron. The age range for the occupation or occupations is between 1450 and 1630 AD; however, the iron and other possible Euroamerican goods that were found may indicate there is a more recent occupation closer to the date of Alaska’s purchase.

 

Organic artifacts from Hayfield. (Photo by UAMN).
Stone tool and iron artifacts from Hayfield. (Photo by UAMN).

 


Additional information about this site can be found here.

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