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Updated July 16, 2020

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  • Lecture - Who Was Here First? Exploring the Peopling of the Americas

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    7:00 pm at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Cartwright Center, Port O'Call

    Dr. Jessi HalliganFor most of the twentieth century, scientists were sure they knew how and when the Americas were first colonized. We thought that the first people entered the New World during the last Ice Age (around 14,000 years ago) using the Bering Land Bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. They then followed mammoths and other big game into North America through an “ice-free corridor” between the enormous glaciers that covered most of Canada. Once they emerged south of the glaciers, they rapidly spread south and east to cover the entire continent by 13,000 years ago.  Over the past decade, new research has provided challenges to every portion of this narrative, indicating that the story of the peopling of the Americas is both much more complex and much more interesting than we originally thought. This talk will present some of the archaeological data that have challenged this theory and will discuss why we still do not know exactly what happened, even after a century of research.  Call MVAC at 608-785-8454 or e-mail for more information.

    SpeakerDr. Jessi Halligan, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology/Archaeology, UW-L; MVAC Research Associate