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The Old Vero Man Site (8IR009): Current Investigations indicate a Late Pleistocene Human Occupation

Author(s): C. Hemmings ; J. M. Adovasio ; A. E. Marjenin ; F. J. Vento ; A. Vega

Year: 2016

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Recent work near Sellards's 1916 excavation demonstrates that the 8IR009 stratigraphy is more complex, and better preserved, than previously described. The modern excavations in 2014 and 2015 have recovered thermally altered bone and sediments along with charcoal from anthropogenic surfaces that range 14,000–11,100 cal yr BP in age. To date, 50 m2 have been excavated to mid-Holocene-age horizons, and Pleistocene-age thermally modified materials have been recovered in a ca. 28 m2 area adjacent to a probable hearth. Continued archival research has relocated specimens and documents (including Sellards’s original notebooks) from the 1913–1917 project, permitting spatial correlations between existing landmarks and the original excavations. All of the available evidence indicates that Sellards was correct about the co-occurrence of extinct Pleistocene fauna with evidence of an anthropogenic presence at the Old Vero Man Site.

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The Old Vero Man Site (8IR009): Current Investigations indicate a Late Pleistocene Human Occupation. C. Hemmings, J. M. Adovasio, A. E. Marjenin, F. J. Vento, A. Vega. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405232)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America