Time Sifters Archaeology Society presents: The Pre-Clovis Page-Ladson Site: Implications for Our Understanding of the First Americans.
Archaeologists have been searching for the evidence of the earliest Americans for decades. Clovis points, dating to ca. 13,000 years ago, have long been considered this evidence. However, recent research at the inundated Page-Ladson site in the Aucilla River of northwestern Florida has demonstrated that people were here at least a millennium earlier than that because of the site’s well preserved organic remains and stone tools. When this site is placed within the context of recent paleo environmental research, it has profound implications for when and how the first people could have arrived in the Americas. Dr. Jessi Halligan got her PhD in anthropology in 2012 from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research focused on understanding the geoarchaeological context of submerged Paleoindian sites in the Aucilla River. She joined the faculty at Florida State University in January of 2016, and continues to focus upon geoarchaeology, underwater archaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and understanding when and how the first Americans arrived.