THE SWAN POINT SITE, ALASKA: THE CHRONOLOGY OF A MULTI-COMPONENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE IN EASTERN BERINGIA

Joshua D. Reuther, Charles E. Holmes, Gerad M. Smith, Francois B. Lanoe, Barbara A. Crass, Audrey G. Rowe, Matthew J. Wooller

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Abstract

The Swan Point site in interior Alaska contains a significant multi-component archaeological record dating back to 14,200 cal BP. The site's radiocarbon (14C) chronology has been presented in scattered publications that mostly focus on specific archaeological periods in Alaska, in particular its terminal Pleistocene components associated with the East Beringian tradition. This paper synthesizes the site's 14C data and provides sequential Bayesian models for its cultural zones and subzones. The 14C and archaeological record at Swan Point attests that the location was persistently used over the last 14,000 years, even though major changes are evident within regional vegetation and local faunal communities, reflecting long-term trends culminating in Dene-Athabascan history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRadiocarbon
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 16 2023

Keywords

  • Bayesian modeling
  • archaeological site
  • interior Alaska
  • multicomponent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

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