"This site is truly spectacular, in all senses of the word," said archeologist Ben Potter from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While older remains have been found in other U.S. states, "within the Arctic, within the sub-Arctic, this is the earliest find, Potter added."
Most evidence of North America's early peoples comes from hunting camps and toolmaking sites. But this newly discovered "house" shows us domestic life back when the Bearing Land Bridge between Asia and Alaska may have been open.
first people in North America came across this land
bridge from Siberia more than 14,000 years ago. Those
people migrated south through an ice-free corridor east
of the Rocky Mountains -- today's Alaska and B.C.
"This find is especially important to us since it is in
our area, but the discovery is so rare that it is of
interest for all humanity," Jerry Isaac, president of
the Tanana Chiefs Conference.
The entire house has not yet been fully excavated, nor has the site, which could turn up more houses.
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