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Alaskan mineral exploration prompts documentation of hunting grounds

Alaskan mineral exploration prompts documentation of hunting grounds
trefwoorden: Alaska - metalen - documentatie
The potential of the Tangle Lakes region of Alaska (USA) as a source of platinum, nickel, copper and other metals has led a state agency to undertake urgent documentation of hundreds of known archaeological sites.
In the summer of 2003 the Alaskan Office of History and Archaeology began the first of a two-season special project. There have been new finds of prehistoric arrows thought to be up to 1,300 years old, and flakes from even older stone tools. The significance of the region stems from the herds of caribou that have been hunted for perhaps 10,000 years, down to the present day – one site has yielded a prehistoric barbed antler point alongside a modern rifle shell. “People in the past used the area seasonally, most probably for hunting as well as berry picking, but especially for hunting caribou,” says archaeologist Richard VanderHoek. The ancient peoples, Athabascans and others, were all hunter-gatherer populations.

Lees verder bij: The Stone Pages (5 november 2003)