Bering Land Bridge National Preserve was established to protect a small remnant of the 1,000 mile wide grassland that connected Asia and North America during the last Ice Age. Additionally, protection was desired in order to facilitate the study of these past cultures, to learn more about the first people who set foot in America, and to support the traditional lifestyles of its residents present and future. On December 2, 1980 Bering Land Bridge was established as a National Preserve. Today, the preserve is made up of over 2.7 million acres on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. It is one of the nation’s most remote national park units. There are no roads into the preserve, so visitors must enter by snowmobile, small airplane, boat, or on foot. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve provides unparalleled opportunities to experience some of America’s most isolated wildlands and the rich heritage of Alaskan Native cultures.
The most recent campaign of archeological discovery has been a partnership between the National Park Service and The Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M. In 2005, artifacts were found on the exposed ground surface of a bluff and buried below the surface by NPS employees. In 2009, Texas A&M archaeologists visited the site with a crew of students, to conduct surface mapping and artifact collecting, testing, and archaeological excavation. The team returned in 2010 and 2011. Throughout its years of involvement in the park, the members of the Texas A&M team found various artifacts including fluted point bases, fragments of burned bone, channel flakes, biface fragments, and debitage.