The Birnirk culture
is a prehistoric Inuit
civilization of the north coast
, dating from 500 to 900 and disappearing around 1000. It succeeded the Punuk and Old Bering Sea/Okvik cultures and is distinguished from those cultures due to different art
styles. It preceded the Thule culture
. During the Birnirk culture, sea mammals
were hunted. "Open-water pursuit" (using kayaks
) was used.
A burial mound of the Birnirk culture was discovered in the town of Wales; 16 more have been found in Barrow at the "Birnirk site," which is now a National Historic Landmark. An ancient Birnirk village was at Ukpeagvik.