Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Professor of Anthropology + Associate Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: archaeology caribbean cuba radiocarbon-dating jamaica islands human-migration trinidad human-settlements artifacts human-settlement

Archaeologists have a lot of dates wrong for North American indigenous history – but we're using new techniques to get it right

Modern dating techniques are providing new time frames for indigenous settlements in Northeast North America, free from the Eurocentric bias that previously led to incorrect assumptions.

Sturt Manning, Director of the Cornell Tree Ring Laboratory and Professor of Classical Archaeology, Cornell University • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: archaeology new-york ontario radiocarbon-dating indigenous-history colonialist colonial-america colonial-history european-settlement beads

New timeline rewrites history of Easter Island’s collapse

New data may upend our understanding of the collapse of the society on Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: radiocarbon-dating society-and-culture monuments

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