New evidence of early human activity in the Siberian Arctic suggests that humans may have migrated to North America far earlier than scientists first postulated!
Paleolithic records of humans in the Eurasian Arctic (above 66°N) are scarce, stretching back to 30,000 to 35,000 years ago at most. Vladimir Pitulko and the team investigating these sites have found evidence of human occupation 45,000 years ago at 72°N, well within the Siberian Arctic. The evidence is in the form of a frozen mammoth carcass bearing many signs of weapon-inflicted injuries. The remains of a hunted wolf from a separate location of similar age indicate that humans may have spread widely across northern Siberia at least 10 millennia earlier than previously thought.
Please join the faculty of the Department of Anthropology and the Dartmouth Archaeology Working Group when they welcome archaeologist Vladimir Pitulko to campus to describe the incredible discoveries in Arctic Siberia. The lecture will take place on March 4th, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in Rockefeller 001.