whale bone rib
Whale Bone Rib Arc and Skin Boat Frames at Barrow, Alaska
Credit: Donna Dewhurst/USFWS
Allee House at Bombay Hook NWR prior to restoration
Archaeologist Nick Valentine excavating basketry

Newsletter & Reports

Historical Happenings - December, 2016 (296 KB PDF)

July/August 2015 Refuge Update (7.04 MB PDF)

Cultural Resources Program Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2015 (3.70 MB PDF)

DOI Museum Program AAM Magazine 2016 (118 KB PDF)



Artifacts from archaeological sites in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge featured in exhibits at the newly opened Smithsonian African American Museum. Read about the investigations here

Lighthouses are here! Check this great comprehensive list of lighthouses around the Refuge System.

Check out A Look Back...

FWS recently competed a review of museum collections containing animal remains. These collections can be very useful in better understanding changes that have occurred in different habitats over time.  Check out these links for more information.  If you have questions please contact Eugene Marino at eugene_marino@fws.gov

Using the Past: Application of archaeological collections to Climate Change (2.21 MB PPT)

Zooarchaeology and Climate Change Briefing Statement (24KB Word)

Introduction to Cultural Resources in the FWS

Educational Opportunities Using Cultural Resources

Volunteers/Friends Opportunities