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Looking for Ancient People
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

On the edge of a bitterly cold sea, archaeologist Rick Knecht uses an auger to dig through layers of volcanic ash. He’s on Hog Island, in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, looking for traces of people who traveled here when the climate was even colder. Knecht has found tools left by people who lived here more than 9,000 years ago. “They were master mariners,” he says. Lower sea levels during the last ice age, Knecht says, may have let such mariners kayak eastward from Asia between islands that are now underwater reefs. “I think these guys came right over from Kamchatka,” he says.



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Kodak E100VS
Lens: 20-35mm Nikkor zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light





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