When and by which routes did Paleoindians enter the Americas, and how did they adapt to inhabit different ecological zones?

Our group seeks to understand the timing, routes, and environmental setting of the earliest human dispersals in western South America.

We integrate archaeology, physical anthropology, genetics, and quaternary science to study prehistoric settlement systems -  linked archaeological sites situated in multiple ecological zones from the Pacific coast to the high Andes.

This work provides information about the long-term history and co-evolution of humans and ecological systems, and the formation of landscapes.

New Paper

Kocher et al. 2021, Ten millennia of hepatitis B virus evolution. Science 374: 182–188.

DOI: 10.1126/science.abi5658

9000 year-old burial in Cuncaicha contributed the most ancient Hepatitis B genome in the Americas

 

Recent Presentations

 

Rademaker, K., D.A, Reid,, M.D. Glascock, and B. Kaiser, 2021. A 12,000-year sequence of human use of the Alca obsidian source, Peru. International Association for Obsidian Studies 2021 conference.

 

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjv7wAP-Y3U

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