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HCA Archaeologists confirm the date of the earliest known human occupation of North America

HCA Archaeologists confirm the date of the earliest known human occupation of North America

13 July 2020

14,000 year old human excrement, which was found in an Oregon Cave, has helped Newcastle University archaeologists confirm the timing of the earliest known human occupation of North America.

The analysis of fossilised excrement samples from one of the most famous ‘pre-Clovis’ sites at Paisley Caves, in Oregon, North America has confirmed that the earliest known humans in the Americas were from a pre-Clovis culture, dating back more than 12,000 years.

The team undertaking this analysis was lead by Newcastle University, UK, and the School of History, Classics and Archaeology's very own Dr John Blong and Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito, were part of that successful team.

On behalf of the whol School, congratulations to Dr Blong, Dr Shillito and the entire team, on your findings.

You can read more about the project and it's surprising discovery, including an interview with Dr Blong, here: https://bit.ly/3jaH2EM.

Additional information from Newcastle's University's Press Office, including an interview with Dr Shillito, can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Zweail.