AIA Lecturer/Host: Ted Goebel

University of Alaska

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Ted Goebel (Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks) is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the Ice Age origins of the first Americans. Throughout his career he has worked on Paleolithic and Paleoindian sites in remote areas of Russia (interior Siberia, Kamchatka and Chukotka), Alaska, and the intermountain west of North America (Nevada, California, Oregon, Utah, and Idaho). Dr. Goebel currently directs field-based archaeological projects in Alaska and the Great Basin. In Alaska, his team’s research focuses on explaining variability in human technologies of Pleistocene Beringians. Since 2009 they have excavated a buried fluted-point site called Serpentine Hot Springs, which dates to about 12,000 years ago and is located in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. They are also surveying for early sites in the uppermost Tanana River valley and middle Yukon basin of Alaska, and are analyzing old collections from the Nenana valley region.