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14,000-year-old mammoth tusk uncovered in Alaska

A large, 14,000-year-old mammoth tusk has been found at the Holzman archaeological site in Alaska. Researchers found the 55-inch-long (140 centimeters) mammoth tusk, the largest ever found at a prehistoric site in the state, during a 2016 excavation at the Holzman site, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Fairbanks,

1,300-year-old polar bear skull found in Alaska

A polar bear skull dating back 1,300 years has been found at the Walapka archaeological site in Alaska. The single, hefty bone is the fourth largest polar bear skull ever found, measuring 410 millimeters, or just over 16 inches, from the tip of the nose to the back of the skull,

Ice Age fire pits reveal earliest evidence of cooked salmon

Analysis of 15 cooking hearths found in Alaska, the oldest of which dates back 11,800 years, has uncovered the earliest evidence of salmon cooking in the New World. “Our results demonstrate that salmonid and freshwater resources were more important for late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers than previously thought,” the team writes in their

12,300-year-old pendants found in Alaska

Researchers working in Alaska have uncovered a pair of 12,300-year-old pendants that may be some of the first examples of artwork in North America. “We think it might be a pendant, an ornament, maybe worn near the face,” Potter said. And what might they mean? “Art serves as a way to fix social

Stone tool uncovered by Alaska landslide

A prehistoric stone tool has been discovered after an Alaskan landslide brought it to the surface. A devastating landslide near Sitka last year has produced an interesting discovery — evidence of early human occupation. Against unbelievable odds, a pair of Forest Service hydrologists mapping the Starrigavan slide found a curiously-shaped rock amid

Ice Age infant burials found in Alaska

The remains of two infants, which date back 11,000 years, have been uncovered at an archaeological settlement in Alaska. Potter made the new find on the site of a 2010 excavation, where the cremated remains of another 3-year-old child were found. The bones of the two infants were found in a

Erosion threatens Alaskan sites

Coastal erosion in Alaska has damaged archaeological sites in the Western Arctic National Parklands. "These sites are important because they tell the story of people who lived and adapted from up to 5,500 years ago to the present and continue to add to the record," Holt said from Kotzebue last week. Now

1500-year-old sod house found in Alaska

Archaeologists in Alaska have been excavating an Iñupiat sod house which dates back to 500 A.D. after it was discovered by ATV riders last summer. While the current estimated age of the sod house places it possibly as early as 500 A.D., this particular area has been inhabited by Iñupiat people for