*Correction: This sentence was modified to more accurately reflect Potter’s view.
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Archaeological evidence of their presence has been elusive, but the butchered bones of the Bluefish Caves might provide that missing link.
“Finding no cultural material doesn’t mean that people weren’t there,” Bourgeon says.
University of Alaska Fairbanks archaeologist Ben Potter has scoured Alaska for sites older than about 14,500 years without success.
“Of course, small, highly mobile groups of hunters wouldn’t have left much evidence behind and part of Beringia is now underwater.” John Hoffecker, an archaeologist and human paleoecologist at the University of Colorado and proponent of the Beringia standstill hypothesis, agrees that the cut-marked bones are strong evidence of early human occupation.
But what stunned him, he says, was a comment—taken from Cinq-Mars’s original, unpublished notes—that stone tools were found in the lowest and oldest cave deposits.
Previously, the oldest accepted human occupations were at three sites in Alaska and one just over the border in Yukon, all dating to about 14,000 years ago.
“We had suspicions that the human presence might be old when we found cut marks on horse bones,” Bourgeon says.