Wednesday, February 19, 2014

11,000 Year Old Seafaring Indian Sites

Modern members of the Chumash, who have inhabited the Channel Islands,  re-create a crossing to the islands in a tomol canoe.  Image Courtesy of the National Park Service.
Modern members of the Chumash, who have inhabited the Channel Islands,
 re-create a crossing to the islands in a tomol canoe.
Image Courtesy of the National Park Service.
January 6, 2014.
Blake de Pastino, of Western Digs, has written an exciting article about recent site finds which suggest Paleoindian occupation along North America's West Coast, 11-12,000 years ago.

"The discovery adds hefty new data to the already mounting evidence that maritime Paleoindians — also known as Paleocoastal peoples — lived along the California coast at the end of the last ice age.
Such finds have important implications for the history of human migration, suggesting that at least some of America’s earliest settlers moved south from Alaska along the coast, rather than farther inland, where retreating glaciers are thought to have allowed passage to the continent’s interior."

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