Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Anthropology and Geography


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Carolyn Dillian


How Homo sapiens first entered North America has historically been attributed to a crossing of Beringia and a subsequent movement south through an ice-free corridor in Canada. Biological and physical research of the history of the area suggests an ice free corridor could not have existed in the same time frame as the first human settlements. These biological constraints would not have been present along the North West coast of the continent. New archaeological discoveries show early human settlement along the North West coast. Used together, this new evidence supports a coastal human migration instead of an inland route into North America.