Holzman Archaeological Site Virtual Research Update on 14,000-year-old Mammoth Tusk

Departmental Event

Start Date: Sep 29, 2020 - 02:00pm
End Date: Sep 29, 2020 - 03:00pm

Location: Presented via Zoom

The Holzman archaeological site lies along the west bank of Shaw Creek, a northern tributary of the middle Tanana River in Interior Alaska. Recent excavations have yielded an expedient stone technology alongside well-preserved hearths, avifauna, and large mammal remains including abundant mammoth ivory in deeply buried deposits. Evidence of food preparation and ivory tool manufacture has been dated to at least to 13,700 cal BP. A smaller component at the site dates to 14,000 years ago making Holzman one of the earliest sites in the Americas. A multidisciplinary team including students from all over the world conducted wide-ranging analyses to contribute to our understanding of the human activities and local environmental change in the Shaw Creek valley—an area rich in Paleolithic archaeology.

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