Interior Department designates Walrus Islands as National Historic Landmark

From National Park Service

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Walrus Islands Archeological District near Togiak is one of 24 new National Historic Landmarks announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Comprised of seven islands, the district contains some of the last remaining evidence of human occupation of the Bering Sea continental shelf at least 6,000 years ago.

“The earliest inhabitants of Round Island, one of seven islands in the district, were marine-adapted and practiced more generalized settlement and subsistence patterns, including hunting walrus on the beaches, than previously recognized by Alaska researchers,” the Interior Department wrote in a press release.

The new designations are intended to underscore efforts by the National Park Service “to tell a more inclusive and diverse story of America’s history,” according to the press release.

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