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About the Paleo-Indian Program

Smithsonian’s Paleo Indian Program is dedicated to understanding Ancient Peoples of the Americas within the context of their natural, cultural, and spiritual worlds. In collaboration with interdisciplinary scientists, native peoples, students and teachers, avocational archeologists, and local residents, we explore the meaning of late Pleistocene-early Holocene archaeology through field and laboratory investigations, public outreach and education, training of interns and fellows, and the development, study, and care of the nation’s premier Paleo Indian collection of stone tools. As modern humans expanded across the earth, the last great continents to receive them were the Americas. Smithsonian’s Paleo-Indian Program is a leading voice in the increase and diffusion of knowledge regarding these incredible stories of human adaptation and survival in times of rapid environmental change.

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