Late Glacial Hunters in Michigan
Thomas LaDuke (Michigan Archaeological Society) and Henry T. Wright (Curator of Near Eastern Archaeology, UMMAA)
Some 13,500 years ago, the first Michiganders arrived in a land of glacial hills and ice-edge lake features covered with a mosaic of tundra and spruce parkland. This was very different from the rich Carolinian forests whose remnants we can see today in Lower Michigan. These earliest colonists were foragers adapted to harsh and rapidly changing environments, determined to exploit their populations of caribou, elk, mammoth, mastodon, peccary, and other animals. Both subsistence systems and human social system have been defined by the devoted efforts of generations of University of Michigan museum researchers and students, and Michigan’s avocational archaeologists. In today’s talk, LaDuke and Wright will summarize what we have learned about a formative step in the evolution of Late Glacial foragers based on recent excavations at the Palmer site, ending with some predictions about the directions of future research.
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