This webpage is operated by the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s (SHI) Archivist and Curator and seeks to open a scholarly dialogue on Southeast Alaska Native history and heritage. Located in Juneau, Alaska, SHI seeks to collect and preserve materials that document the history, culture, heritage, and language of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people and to make these materials available to the public for research.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Archaeological discovery suggests first Americans followed Alaskan coast
Scientists have uncovered a stunning collection of stone artifacts at least 15,500 years old from a central Texas archaeological site, proving that people were living in North America thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
The discoveries, reported this week in the journal Science, provide dramatic evidence that people had colonized the middle of the continent long before glaciers melted back to create an ice-free migration corridor from Alaska through Canada.
The inescapable conclusion essentially rewrites the first chapter of Alaska’s prehistory and what’s known about the initial colonization of the New World. (click hear to read rest of the story)