The Keystone Dune Site: A Bølling-Allerød Hunting Camp in Eastern Beringia

François B. Lanoë, Joshua D. Reuther, Caitlin R. Holloway, Charles E. Holmes, Jennifer R. Kielhofer

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The Keystone Dune site, in central Alaska, contains a well-preserved archaeological occupation that dates to 13,430–13,230 cal yr BP. Archaeological excavations resulted in the recovery of features, and materials include hearths, faunal and lithic specimens, macrobotanical remains, and ocher. These were analyzed and interpreted to reconstruct past activities conducted at the site. Keystone Dune was most likely used for a short time, in the context of a wapiti hunt, and can be placed within a larger economic and mobility system of eastern Beringian people during the Bølling-Allerød chronozone. By continuing to document the archaeological and paleoenvironmental records of the early Beringians, we contribute to a refinement of the models and ideas of human dispersal during the Pleistocene.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-161
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • Alaska
  • Eastern Beringian tradition
  • hunting camp
  • Tanana valley

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Palaeontology

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