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The Search for the First Americans on Oregon’s Submerged Landforms: New Methods and Upcoming Research

Author(s): Alex Nyers ; Loren Davis

Year: 2017

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Until recently, the search for Pleistocene-aged sites along Oregon’s coast has been mostly limited to subaerial landforms. In 2017 however, the search for early sites will reach past the subaerial and to Oregon’s outer continental shelf. These search efforts will be guided by using a GIS-based model that predicts the foraging potential of reconstructed late Pleistocene-aged coastal landscapes. We review our modeling methodology and how ecological aspects of Oregon’s coastal landscapes may have changed from the LGM to 12,000 cal BP. We also discuss upcoming fieldwork activities and research goals in the study of Oregon’s ancient submerged terrestrial landscapes.


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The Search for the First Americans on Oregon’s Submerged Landforms: New Methods and Upcoming Research. Alex Nyers, Loren Davis. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429570)


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Coast Gis Oregon


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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): 17266

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