A terminal pleistocene child cremation and residential structure from Eastern Beringia

Ben A. Potter, Joel D. Irish, Joshua D. Reuther, Carol Gelvin-Reymiller, Vance T. Holliday

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Abstract

The dearth of human remains and residential sites has constrained inquiry into Beringian lifeways at the transition of the late Pleistocene - early Holocene. We report on human skeletal remains and a residential structure from central Alaska dated to ∼11,500 calendar years ago. The remains are from a ∼3-year-old child who was cremated in a pit within a semisubterranean house. The burial-cremation and house have exceptional integrity and preservation and exhibit similarities and differences to both Siberian Upper Paleolithic and North American Paleoindian features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1058-1062
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume331
Issue number6020
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 25 2011

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