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Investigations of late glacial occupations at the McDonald Creek site, central Alaska

Author(s): Kelly Graf ; Julie Esdale ; Ted Goebel ; Grant Zazula ; Aureade Henry

Year: 2017

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In 2013 our team began testing the recently-discovered McDonald Creek archaeological site, located in the Tanana Flats, Central Alaska. To date we have excavated a total of 15 m2. The site contains evidence of a set of living floors dating to the Middle Holocene, Younger Dryas, and early Allerød. Our tests have revealed thousands of archaeological materials, including lithics and faunal and floral remains, associated with domestic features such as hearths and possible dwellings. We are analyzing materials collected thus far and preparing for full-scale excavations beginning summer 2017. This paper reports initial results of geochronological, lithic, zooarchaeological, and paleoethnobotanical analyses and places the site in the context of eastern Beringian prehistory.

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Investigations of late glacial occupations at the McDonald Creek site, central Alaska. Kelly Graf, Julie Esdale, Ted Goebel, Grant Zazula, Aureade Henry. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429393)


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min long: -169.717; min lat: 42.553 ; max long: -122.607; max lat: 71.301 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17446

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