Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
Kilometer 1423 Alaska Highway
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
2012 Archaeology Day Public Presentation
Presents: From the Yenisei to the MacKenzie – A Tour of Archaeology Sites of Greater Beringia at the End of the Pleistocene
Norman Alexander Easton, Lecturer in Anthropology, Yukon College
The past decade of archaeological research in Beringia has uncovered important new sites, such as the child cremation in an 11,500 year old house pit at Upward Sun River in Alaska, and refined our understanding of previously investigated sites, such as more accurate radiocarbon dating of Ushki Lake on the Kamchatka peninsula through accelerator mass spectrometry. Along with advances in molecular genetic mapping, new discoveries in linguistic connections between east Asia and northwestern America, and increasingly fine-grained paleoenvironmental reconstructions, these new sources of data are revealing an increasingly complex history of human occupation and migration within Beringia. This illustrated lecture will provide a tour from Lake Bakail to the Mackenzie River, stopping at points of archaeological interest along the way to look at the places and artifacts that document the human history of Beringia.
Norm Easton has been teaching anthropology and archaeology at Yukon College and conducting field research in Yukon, Alaska, and British Columbia since 1986. Much of his field work during the past ten years has focused on the excavation of the late Pleistocene – Early Holocene occupation of the Little John site near Beaver Creek, Yukon.