Maine’s Paleoindians

Maine canoe

Archaeologists have been able to figure out many amazing things about Paleoindians (first human occupants of North America). For example:

  1. Paleoindians lived in Maine while remnants of the ice sheet were still here (~13,000 to 10,000 years ago).
  2. They made beautiful tools, spears, axes, and points from high quality materials sourced from distant quarries.
  3. Different groups traded with one another during seasonal migration, while following herds of wooly mammoths and caribou.

I don’t remember learning about this in school, and I wish I did.  I was instead drilled with “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, which is nice, but an article in National Geographic this month says the explorers were looking for good places to grow sugar.

Want to read more about Maine’s Paleoindians? Because you should, they’re incredible:

Maine History Online

History of Presque Isle: Native Americans

Paleoindian mobility and aggregation patterns

Vail Site and Clovis Points


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