History & Archaeology

Alaska's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is located in the Office of History and Archaeology, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Department of Natural Resources. The SHPO oversees programs to identify, evaluate, and protect Alaska's important historic and archaeological resources. In addition, the office carries out the historic preservation programs of the State of Alaska.

Under the National Historic Preservation Act, the Governor of each state appoints a state historic preservation officer. In Alaska the chief of the Office of History and Archaeology serves as the SHPO. The Governor also appoints members of a state review board - the Alaska Historical Commission.

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Cultural Resources Survey Unit
Interactive Map Highlighting Alaska's History

Explore a sampling of Alaska's unique heritage by learning about key archaeological, historic, and architectural sites, including State Historical Parks, properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and National Historic Landmarks.