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Archaeologist to Address Historic Society

Michael Clem, the regional archaeologist for South-eastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, will speak at the December 6, 2017 meeting of the Greensville County Historical Society. The meeting will be held at 7 pm in the conference room of the Richardson Memorial Library (note the change of location).

18-20 thousand years ago our region was along the edge of a glacial ice sheet and blanketed by a thick forest. This woodland was a perfect hunting ground for early humans, including those that occupied the many Clovis sites in North America, thought to be evidence of the earliest human occupation of the Americas.  The Clovis sites were occupied 12-13 thousand calendar years ago.

On the banks of the Nottoway River in Sussex County lies the Cactus Hill site, which is one of a number of sites in the Commonwealth that predate the Clovis sites. These pre-Clovis sites are from that time when the edge of the ice sheet was a perfect hunting ground for the large animals that sustained early humans.

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