Newspaper article highlights Purtill’s latest post


Dr. Matthew Purtill

A recent column published in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch newspaper highlighted a newspaper article, “The Road Not Taken: How Early Landscape Learning and Adoption of a Risk-Averse Strategy Influenced Paleoindian Travel Route Decision Making in the Upper Ohio Valley “, written by Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Matthew Purtill.

Brad Lepper, curator of archeology at the Ohio History Connection and visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University and the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University in Newark, said writes the column: “The early settlers of Ohio left few footprints but took it far and wide. »

In his journal article, Dr. Purtill presents findings that suggest how Paleoindian groups may have traveled between the Ohio River and the quarries located in present-day Licking and Coshocton counties.

“His findings offer important insights into how early Ohio settlers settled in an uncharted landscape,” Dr. Lepper said. Purtill studied two potential travel routes used by Paleoindians, who arrived in Ohio at least 14,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age.

Purtill studied a rare combination of Paleoindian activity at a sprawling site at Sandy Springs in Adams County, Ohio. His article appeared in American Antiquity, a peer-reviewed journal, published by the Society for American Archeology and considered the premier North American archaeological journal.

The newspaper column is available online at Purtill’s research website.


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