Birnirk Site is a cultural feature (park) in North Slope Borough. The primary coordinates for Birnirk Site places it within the 99723 ZIP Code delivery area.
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|Feature Name:||Birnirk Site|
|Category:||Alaska physical, cultural and historic features|
|Description:||National Historic Landmark|
|History:||Composed of a group of 16 mounds arranged in rows roughly parallel to the beach, this site is associated with the Birnirk and Thule cultures, both belonging to the North Alaskan branch of the Northern Maritime tradition, the earliest manifestation of the Eskimo culture in North Alaska. The Birnirk site, composed of a series of prehistoric mounds, is gradually sinking into the adjacent lagoon as a result of natural processes perhaps related to rising water tables. Collections made at the site in the 1950s and housed at the Peabody Museum need to be inventoried and brought into NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) compliance. Since 1988 the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) has owned the site. UIC signs mark the site and public radio announcements ask visitors to respect the past. UIC has found a balance between traditional use and preservation by allowing seasonal subsistence use at the site.|
|Borough:||North Slope Borough|
(1.4 miles NNW)
(9.4 miles NE)