Dry Creek, Alaska, USA

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Late Pleistocene deposits containing two archaeologically relevant layers, situated in the Nenana River Valley in the northern foothills of the Alaska Range in North America. Important as evidence for the colonization of America.

Dry Creek I dates to about 9200 bc and contains cobble and flake tools, broken blades, thin bifacial knives, and points. It may be ancestral to Palaeo‐Arctic Traditions and in particular to the Nenana Complex.

Dry Creek II dates to about 8700 bc and includes microblades and related technology which sits comfortably with local Palaeo‐Arctic Tradition assemblages.


W. R. Powers and T. D. Hamilton, 1978, Dry Creek: a late Pleistocene human occupation in central Alaska. In A. L. Bryan (ed.), Early man in America from a circum‐Pacific perspective. Edmonton: University of Alberta, 72–7

Subjects: Archaeology.

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