SITKA, ALASKA Researchers looking for evidence of early human migration along Alaska’s Southeastern coast probably have been looking in the wrong place.
Recent geological studies suggest that the islands, coves, and beaches that later became home to contemporary Native cultures, likely did not exist when the forebears of those cultures first moved into North America from Asia, around 30-thousand years ago.
At the annual Paths Across the Pacific Conference held last month in Sitka, scholars considered how deposits of seashells – sometimes found high in the mountains of Southeast – provide clues to an ancient shoreline that may have been the home of the first Americans.
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