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.
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of the Prehistoric Aleutians|
|Editors||O. Mason, M. Friesen|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2016|
- eastern Aleutians
- Anangula phase
- Margaret Bay phase
- Alaska Peninusla