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Team to look for signs of Native massacre at hands of Russians





A team of archaeologists, geologists and biologists will look for signs of a massacre of Alaska Natives in the Aleutian islands, The Dutch Harbor Fisherman reports.

The massacre took place sometime in 1764. Russian settlers attacked an Aleut village in the Islands of Four Mountains, according to a Russian priest who was told about the incident in the 1800s.

Most of the residents were killed and the rest were forced to relocate, according to Priest Ivan Veniaminov, who wrote a book about his experiences in Alaska. The Chuginadak and Carlisle islands were never resettled after the massacre.

The team will look for signs of the massacre and will conduct other research over the next two summers, the paper said.

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