The First Albertans Project and the Role of a Western Corridor in the Peopling of the Americas
Type de publication:Conference Paper
Résumé (en anglais):
Assumptions concerning the exact route of the initial human entry to the New World have been much more common than field research. A majority of archaeologists apparently favour a western or 'ice-free' late Pleistocene corridor, running from Alaska and the Yukon, through to the eastern slopes of the Rockies in Alberta. Others have argued for a route extending along coastal Alaska and British Columbia. Fladmark has advocated the Northwest Coast alternative, but it is likely that existing sea levels will prohibit discovery of the earliest sites in this region. Since the western corridor is accessible for more concerted investigation, the Archaeological Survey of Alberta has undertaken a series of studies geared to discover early sites within or near the corridor. Research design, search strategies and initial results for the Bow River, North Saskatchewan River, and Grand Prairie regions will be presented.