First Maritime Cultures of the Aleutians

Richard Davis, Rick Knecht, Jason Rogers

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Abstract

The earliest-known settlements in the Aleutians are approximately 9,000 years old. They herald the beginning of the Anangula phase of the Eastern Aleutian archaeological sequence. These first inhabitants came from the Alaska Peninsula and probably stemmed from the Paleoarctic tradition and ultimately from western Beringia. Despite climatic changes and volcanic eruptions, it appears that the Aleutians remained inhabited from the earliest time, as witnessed by the clear evidence of technological continuity. By approximately 6,000 years ago populations developed a successful adaptation to maritime resources and expanded throughout the entire Aleutian chain and had contact with several populations over widespread areas of the western Arctic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Aleutians
EditorsO. Mason, M. Friesen
PublisherOxford Handbooks
Chapter12
ISBN (Print) 9780199766956
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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Keywords

  • eastern Aleutians
  • Anangula phase
  • Margaret Bay phase
  • Alaska Peninusla
  • Aleuts

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Davis, R., Knecht, R., & Rogers, J. (2016). First Maritime Cultures of the Aleutians. In O. Mason, & M. Friesen (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Aleutians Oxford Handbooks. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199766956.013.18