CTF Newsletter – July 29th, 2013

Hell Gap, one of the most famous Paleoindian archaeological sites in North America was first investigated in the 1960s by a team from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University and U.W. The 1960s excavations uncovered many 8,000-11,000 year old campsites along a small valley now known as Hell Gap. At the time of these investigations, the sequence of Paleoindian cultures (the earliest North Americans) was unknown and Hell Gap provided the date to establish this sequence. Establishing the sequence was possible because little erosion had occurred in the valley and all cultural material deposited was sealed in by the accumulating sediment.