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Rita Stuart Shepard

Ph.D. UCLA, 1997

Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: shepard@ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
308 Charles E Young Dr. North
A210 Fowler Building/Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

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Research Interests

Culture change in nineteenth-century Alaska, social interactions and culture exchange evidenced in archaeological records, Eskimo/Indian interactions and trade networks, impact of Russians and Americans on Alaskan native peoples, gender in pre-contact and contact-era Alaskan communities

Research Summary

The Unalakleet River Archaeological Project (URAP). This project examines archaeological Native Alaskan households, exploring how Yupik, Inupiaq, and Athapaskan social interactions affected the cultural impact of Russians and Americans on native peoples in nineteenth-century western Alaska. The investigation focuses on four abandoned settlements along the Unalakleet River, culminating in extensive excavation at one site, Tagilgayak. Surface survey of an early twentieth-century Lapp/Sami village in the river valley may be the focus of future research.

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