New Evidence – Humans in North America >15,000 years ago

Sacramento Archeological Society, Inc. is pleased to present an American origins sympoium on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 by three renowned archaeologists. They will share latest discoveries which push back the probable dates for the peopling of America to at least 15,800 years ago and discuss various migration scenarios, including a Pacific Coast route, the Kelp Highway Hypothesis.
• 1:00 – Jon Erlandson, PhD, archaeologist, professor and director of the Museum of Natural & Cultural History (MNCH), University of Oregon who has worked on California’s Channel Islands for 40 years will discuss human evolution, the role of fishing and seafaring in human prehistory, and the peopling of the Americas.
• 2:15 – Pat O’Grady, PhD, archaeologist at University of Oregon led a tour for SAS members at the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter site in Oregon where evidence of human presence possibly older than 15,000 years has been found. At this symposium he will discuss the results of the 2016 and 2017 excavation seasons.
• 3:30 – Mike Collins, PhD, archaeologist, Texas State University and director of Gault School of Archeological Research (GSAR) will discuss the very earliest evidence for people in the Western Hemisphere–who they may have been, when they arrived, whence they came, what their cultural materials were like, how they might have gotten here, and what we know about their dispersions across the Americas
UCD Extension, 2901 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816, Room 200
Park on 2nd level, $3 parking fee if validated
Doors open at 12:30
Suggested Donation – $5
Questions? Please contact Jan Johansen at