Department of Tourism and Culture

Heritage Resources

Archaeology Program

Archaeological sites in the Yukon contain some of the earliest evidence of human occupation in the New World. These sites preserve the history of the first people of the Yukon. 

There are more than 3,500 known archaeological sites in the Yukon, spanning the years from the Ice Age to the construction of Alaska Highway. Sites may be simple scatters of stone chips and ancient hearths or may comprise Gold Rush artifacts or World War II aircraft wreck.

Archaeological sites are protected from disturbance under the Archaeological Sites Regulation (O.I.C. 2003/73) pursuant to the Historic Resources Act (R.S.Y. 2002, c. 109).  No artifacts may be removed from an archaeological site without a permit. Collections are held in trust by the Government of Yukon for all Yukoners.

The Yukon Archaeology Program is responsible for managing archaeological sites on Yukon lands and assists First Nations in archaeological site management on Settlement Lands. The program was established to support and fulfill the Government of Yukon's archaeological resource management and research responsibilities under the Yukon Historic Resources Act, and Chapter 13 of the Umbrella Final Agreement.

The Archaeology Program undertakes research and inventory projects, including projects arising out of First Nation Final Agreements for Special Management Areas and Heritage Site development. As well, the program provides information on archaeological resources and values for land use planning arising out of First Nation Final Agreements. The program produces Occasional Papers in Archaeology Series to ensure the rapid dissemination of research results and information on Yukon's prehistoric past.

The program participates as a Technical Expert in the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act review process and works with Industry and developers in the implementation of Best Management Practices for heritage resources.

Contact Archaeology Program

Heritage Resources Unit
Cultural Services Branch
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Fax: 1-867-667-5377 
Office Location
133A Industrial Road,
Whitehorse, Yukon

Mailing Address 
P.O. Box 2703 (L-2A)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Ruth Gotthardt
Yukon Archaeologist
Phone: 1-867-667-5983

Greg Hare
Site Assessment Archaeologist
Phone: 1-867-667-3771

Christian Thomas
Development Assessment Archaeologist
Phone: 1-867-456-6102