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Doug Veltre

Douglas Veltre

Professor Emeritus
Department of Anthropology
BMH 216

(907) 786-6847


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1980


Dr. Veltre received his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and his MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Connecticut. While his primary specialty within anthropology is archaeology, his research and teaching have often worked to bridge the gap between cultures of the past and those of today.

Since 1971, Dr. Veltre has traveled many times to the Aleutian and Pribilof islands to conduct archaeological and ethnohistorical research on Aleut (Unangan) culture. His largest projects have been on Umnak, Atka, Unalaska, St. George, and St. Paul islands. He directed the St. Paul History and Archaeology Project, focused on investigating – through oral traditions, historical sources, and archaeology – the Aleut and Russian fur seal hunting settlements of the late 1700s and early 1800s in the Pribilof Islands.

Dr. Veltre has served as both President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska Anthropological Association. He was Chair of the Anthropology Department at UAA and from 2006-2007 was the Anthropology Graduate Program Coordinator.  Dr. Veltre also served on a wide range of university committees over the years, and is currently a member of the Alaska Historical Commission.  Dr. Veltre is a consultant on matters relating to anthropology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and repatriation to a number of local and regional Aleut groups in Alaska, including the Aleut Corporation and the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association.

Dr. Veltre retired from full-time work in 2008, but he continues to teach, serve on student committees, and pursue his research interests.

Research Interests

  • Historical archaeology
  • Ethnohistory
  • Aleutian Islands
  • Pribilof Islands


Douglas W. Veltre. 2011. Gardening in Colonial Russian America: Archaeological and Ethnohistorical Perspectives from the Aleut Region, Alaska.  Forthcoming in Ethnoarchaeology.

Douglas W. Veltre and Melvin A. Smith. 2010. Historical Overview of Archaeological Research in the Aleut Region of Alaska. Human Biology 82(5-6):487-506.

Douglas W. Veltre, David R. Yesner, Kristine J. Crossen, and Russell W. Graham, and Joan B. Coltrain. 2008. Patterns of Faunal Extinction and Paleoclimatic Change from Mid-Holocene Mammoth and Polar Bear Remains, Pribilof Islands, Alaska.  Quaternary Research 70(1):40-50.

Stephen Loring and Douglas W. Veltre. 2003. Aleut Archaeology and Cultural Heritage: The Legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition. Laurel Kendall and Igor Krupnik (eds.), Contributions to Circumpolar Anthropology 4, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., pp. 307-318.

Douglas W. Veltre and Allen P. McCartney. 2002. Russian Exploitation of Aleuts and Fur Seals: The Archaeology of Eighteenth and Early-Nineteenth-Century Settlements in the Pribilof Islands, Alaska.  Historical Archaeology 36(3):8-17.

Douglas W. Veltre and Allen P. McCartney. 2001. Ethnohistorical Archaeology at the Reese Bay Site, Unalaska Island, Alaska.  In Anthropological Papers of the University of Oregon 58, edited by Don E. Dumond, pp. 87-104.

Allen P. McCartney and Douglas W. Veltre. 1999. Aleutian Island Prehistory: Living in Insular Extremes.  World Archaeology 30(3):503-515.

Douglas W. Veltre. 1999. Environmental Perspectives on Historical Period Cultural Change Among the Aleuts of Southwestern Alaska.  Proceedings of the 13th International Abashiri Symposium: Development and Environment in the North.  Edited by the Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples, pp. 1-12.  Abashiri, Japan: Association for the Promotion of Northern Cultures.