February 2024

Ice Age Archaeology and the First Americans

Dr. Jesse Tune, UM Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Archaeological Research, University of Mississippi.

When did humans first show up in the Americas and how did they get here? These seem like simple, straightforward questions. Yet after more than a century of research they remain some of the most challenging questions in North American archaeology. Stone tools known as Clovis points are the oldest, well-dated indications of humans in the Western Hemisphere at ~13,500 years old. While older evidence is often suggested, few sites older than Clovis survive the crucible of scientific scrutiny. The uniquely destructive nature of archaeological research makes testing hypotheses and replicating results particularly challenging. However, new research spurred by advancements in field and lab methods is allowing us to ask new questions and gain clearer insight about this early period of human history. Join us for a discussion about the ongoing pursuit to understand the earliest archaeological evidence of humans in the Americas.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Heartbreak Coffee, 265 North Lamar Blvd, Oxford
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