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Dawn of Humans: Who Were the First Americans?



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Tools from Ancient Times
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

“It’s like a late-night infomercial, where they lay out all the different knives,” says archaeologist Rick Knecht about an array of Aleutian tools. “These people were pretty gadget happy.” Knecht says the tools, which are made of whale bone, walrus tusk, and bird bone, show how well adapted humans were to the northern climate. Among the tools are tiny needles, needed to make waterproof clothing. But these bits of evidence, Knecht says, offer only a glimpse of who these people were. “We don’t know much,” he says. “All we have are these little piles of stones and bones. It’s like trying to tell something about our culture by looking at steak knives.”



Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 60mm micro Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: 1 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights





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