Science Ice Age infant burial ground offers clues to life for early Arctic settlers (+video)

Researchers say that the skeletons, which are approximately 11,500 years old, are the earliest known human remains from the North American subarctic.

By , Staff writer

Courtesy of Ben Potter/University of Alaska

In a world where Americans can order groceries delivered right to their door, the hardships endured by our hunter-gatherer ancestors may seem irretrievably removed from our current frame of reference. However, the discovery of an infant burial site in Alaskan sand dunes offers a glimpse into how the first settlers of North America dealt with a universally understood tragedy: the death of offspring.