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A Journey to a New Land

First people
Post secondary Level Resources

Walker Road

Walker Road is a Nenana complex site located on a bluff edge, looking south over the Nenana river valley in south central Alaska.

The earliest level, Component 1, dates to 11,010 +/-230 years BP and contains four separate activity areas, where tool manufacture and repair evidently took place. Tools such as scrapers, blades and wedges were found, along with cores and debitage. Hearths were found in two of the activity areas and flakes of red ochre were found in each of the hearths. No identifiable animal remains were discovered in excavation but small fragments of charred bone were found in the hearth areas. The large quantity of lithic remains at this site (almost 5,000 pieces including 218 tools) has provided archaeologists with a great deal of information about the tool types and manufacturing techniques of the Nenana people.

Further Reading:

Goebel, Ted, W. Roger Powers, Nancy H. Bigelow, and Andrew S. Higgs.
1996. Walker Road. In American Beginnings: The Prehistory and Palaeoecology of Beringia, edited by Frederick Hadleigh West, pp 356 - 362. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.