Thursday December 9th 2021
starting at 6:30 with program at 7:00 PM
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and the Role of Upland Ecosystems in the Peopling of Alaska
By Dr. John C. Blong,
Washington State University
With increased research focus in recent years, archaeologists are pushing back the earliest evidence for human activity in upland ecosystems around the world. This is also the case in central Alaska, where there is growing evidence that the earliest humans to settle eastern Beringia during the late-glacial period made use of subsistence and lithic resources in the central Alaska Range.
In this presentation I review the late glacial paleo-ecological and archaeological record of the central Alaska Range, highlighting its role in hunter-gatherer land use during the initial settlement of eastern Beringia. The early use of upland landscapes in Alaska suggests variability in land-use patterns during the initial settlement of North America and has significant implications for our understanding the process of the first peopling of the Americas.