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UM Student Helps Anzick Site Researchers

Anzick Site artifacts
Anzick Site artifacts. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Stockton White)
Research at a Montana archeological site has genetically tied members of the Clovis culture to Native Americans.

The site southeast of Bozeman is the only known Clovis burial site in the Late Pleistocene Era. The genome of an infant’s remains showed a direct ancestral link to contemporary Native Americans, according to a University of Montana news release.

An article in a recent “Nature” publication is “The Genome of a Late Pleistocene Human from a Clovis Burial Site in Western Montana.”

Samuel Stockton White of UM’s Department of Anthropology has worked with a variety of stone blades found at the site to tie the artifacts, and thus the bodies, to the Clovis culture.

Sarah Anzick, a molecular biologist and steward of the human remains, was quoted as saying, “I find it remarkable that the descendants of the Clovis culture, which seemed to have vanished 12,600 years ago, are still alive and thriving today.”

The artifacts are now stored at the Montana Historical Society in Helena.

White did his research through a 2013 Dave Walter Research Fellowship at the Helena organization.

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