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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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December 14th 2011:Early Peopling of the West Coast of North America: New Perspectives

This episode expands our discussion of the Early Peopling of the North America to the West Coast. When did people first appear in the region? How did climates and environments diverge from the present? How did early peoples adapt to nearshore and interior environments and when did these landscapes change? Answers to these questions have broad implications for understanding the human ecological dynamic in the present age of sustainability. Late glacial and post-glacial events along the Pacific margins diverge significantly from those discussed earlier for the East Coast. Patterns of deglaciatio

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Amy Gusick

Amy Gusick is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her archaeological concentration is on early maritime Pacific Rim hunter-gatherers. She is also interested in formulating models of behavioral variations in the coastal hunter-gatherers and in early migration and mobility into and within the New World. Currently, her fieldwork is centered on Santa Cruz Island, California and on a submerged landscape in the southern Gulf in Baja California.
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Loren Davis

Loren Davis is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Alberta in 2001 and joined Oregon State University in 2004. He is the Executive Director of the university’s Keystone Archaeological Research Fund and Director of the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. Dr. Davis’ current research focus is on initial peopling of the west coast of North America. He has conducted archaeological investigations in the Pacific Northwest and in northwest Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Loren directs an archaeological research program each summer in western Idaho at the Cooper’s Ferry site, which contains
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Matthew Des Lauriers

Matthew Des Lauriers is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropological Research Institute at California State University, Northridge. He has worked in Baja California since 2000, primarily on the island of Isla Cedros. Dr. Des Lauriers is engaged in co-operative research with scholars from the Insituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia of Mexico, Oregon State University, and the University of California, Irvine. Matthew’s contributions have extended from historic period otter hunters and miners to the earliest colonization of the Baja California Peninsula. His present Proyecto Arqueologico Isla Cedros has dramatically changed intepretations of the indigenous hist
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