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John White (Ph.D.)

John White
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John White is a native of Boulder, Colorado where he received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado. Following graduation, he was employed in cultural resource management, conducting archaeological survey and excavations in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. He has participated in the CSFA excavations at McDonald Creek in central Alaska as well as During the 2018 season he assisted a team from the University of Victoria in the preliminary field season of the Northern Vancouver Island Archaeology and Paleoecology Project. John is primarily interested in the initial human colonization of the Americas, specifically the hypothesized coastal migration from Northeast Asia along the southern coast of Beringia and the ice-free refugia which would have been necessary for such a migration. Other, and related, research interests include lithic technological organization, landscape learning, and landscape exploitation by Paleoindian peoples. John’s research seeks to increase understanding of the earliest habitation of the southern coast of Alaska. He will excavate known sites in the Copper River basin while recovering environmental proxies from representative areas of Prince William Sound. This will facilitate the creation of a GIS-based predictive model for locating above-water, buried Pleistocene age sites in coastal environments.