Author: William W. Fitzhugh

William W. Fitzhugh

William W. Fitzhugh is an anthropologist who has studied arctic peoples and cultures in northern Canada, Alaska, Russia, Scandinavia, and Mongolia. His research involves Arctic archaeology, northern maritime adaptations, and circumpolar culture contacts. Recent field projects include investigations of the Mongolian Bronze Age, Siberian archaeology, and Inuit and Basque archaeology in Eastern Canada. As a Smithsonian curator, Fitzhugh produced exhibitions on north Pacific cultures, the Ainu of Japan, Vikings, and Eskimo art. He founded the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center (ASC) and established an ASC office at the Anchorage Museum. His books and scientific papers cover ten thousand years of Arctic history and range across the circumpolar region. He is a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, teaches at Dartmouth College, and lives in Washington DC and Fairlee, Vermont.

A team of Smithsonian scientists excavating the Hart Chalet site found a double tournois copper coin minted for French King louis XIII in 1634.  In pristine condition, it would have looked similar to this 1638 double tournois coin. (Images courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Image composite by Anna Torres)