Mead Archaeological Site, Alaska, Part 1

Mead Site Archaeology Digging

Dr. Ben A. Potter, University of Alaska Fairbanks, talks about evidence of past peoples found at the Mead Archaeological Site in Alaska’s Upper Tanana Valley. The earliest artifacts they’ve dated are 13,500 years old. Evidence from the site is refining what we know about human history and how humans responded to past environmental change.

“We can actually say the people here, at least at this site, pre- and post- Younger Dryas are the same people. That they managed to survive that particular cold episode which is over a 1000 year duration.”

“It informs us more about continuity: about the stability, the resilience of the adaptations that these populations used in the past.” ~Potter

See also Mead Archaeological Site, Alaska, video Part 2

Mead Site Archaeology Digging

Project Summary

Tanana Valley Archaeology

Tanana Valley Archaeology

Tanana Valley Archaeology — Alaska's Upper Tanana Valley holds some of the oldest archaeological sites in northwest North America. Mead Archaeological Site Archaeologists seek out artifacts spanning to more than 13,500 years old at a rich... Read More >