|Eugene J. Boesch, Ph.D.|
Despite decades of digging into the origins of humans in North America, archeologists are still uncovering new evidence that is overturning old ideas. This lecture covers the latest discoveries, which are overturning long-held ideas about the identity of the "First Americans."
It has long been believed that prehistoric Eurasians, who migrated to North America between 15,000 and 16,000 years ago over a land bridge crossing the Bering Strait, were the first "Paleoindians." However, finds by archeologists over the past two decades offer evidence that Paleoindians were in the Americas as far back as 50,000 years ago.
Scientists also surmised that the Eurasian migrants caused the extinction of large ice age mammals in North America. But there's also evidence that a natural disaster caused these animals to die out -- and may have led to the demise of the Paleoindian culture as well.
The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center is located at 345 Broad Street in downtown Waverly, NY. There is no admission fee for this event and doors will open at 5:30pm to allow visitors to also tour the SRAC Exhibit Hall filled with thousands of local Native American artifacts as well as the current Ted Keir/SRAC Fossil and Sea Life Exhibit or shop in the SRAC Gift Shop.