Meet Arctic Archaeologist Anne Jensen

Video Shot in: 2009

In the video, polar archaeologists Ann Jensen talks about her work in Barrow (Utqiaġvik), Alaska, where she runs the science subsidiary of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC). She explains her involvement in the excavation of a cemetery called Nuvuk, also known as Point Barrow, which was a village settlement until the late 1940s. Jensen and her team have been working on the excavation for the last 10 years and have been able to involve local high school students through a program called Echo. They have been using shovel testing to locate graves and recover artifacts. Jensen shares the excitement of finding a grave with hunting gear, including four harpoon heads, which revealed that the remains were much older than they had originally thought.