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A Terminal Pleistocene Child Cremation and Residential Structure from Eastern Beringia

Science  25 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6020, pp. 1058-1062
DOI: 10.1126/science.1201581

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Abstract

The dearth of human remains and residential sites has constrained inquiry into Beringian lifeways at the transition of the late Pleistocene–early Holocene. We report on human skeletal remains and a residential structure from central Alaska dated to ~11,500 calendar years ago. The remains are from a ~3-year-old child who was cremated in a pit within a semisubterranean house. The burial-cremation and house have exceptional integrity and preservation and exhibit similarities and differences to both Siberian Upper Paleolithic and North American Paleoindian features.

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