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The project director, Evguenia (Jenya) Anichtchenko, is Russian-American historian and anthropologist. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anichtchenko first came to Alaska over a decade ago as a maritime archaeologist with a research team investigating the shipwreck of the Russian-American Company bark Kad’yak, which sank off Kodiak Island in 1860. Since that time, she has lived in Dutch Harbor and Anchorage, and held curatorial and research positions at the Museum of the Aleutians, Anchorage Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology. Anichtchenko holds an MA degree in maritime history and archaeology from East Carolina University, and a PhD in underwater archaeology from the Center for Underwater Archaeology at the University of Southampton, UK. She is currently the Executive Director of the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society in Sitka, Alaska.

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