Husker alumni has shocking findings

Husker alumni has shocking findings Monday, May 15, 2017

Steven Holen completed his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975 and his master’s degree in 1983. He then went on to work as research archeologist at the University of Nebraska State Museum from 1993 to 1999. After he received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in 2001, he went on to be the curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science until 2013, when he retired.

Holen and his wife launched the nonprofit center for American Paleolithic Research in South Dakota, this allowed him to work on his own projects. Recently, Holen, his wife Kathleen Holen, and nine other scientists have made some shocking discoveries for the archeology world. In a publication they described research that claims humans arrived in North America 1,000 centuries earlier than it was previously believed.

“It sure has caused a stir,” Holen said. “Our critics are coming at us with both barrels. But that’s how science works.”

There have been many skeptics that are not totally convinced and say they need more evidence to support Holen’s findings.

Holen has unearthed 15 to 20 mammoth sites during his career and believes the fossils that were found were already dead and were used possibly for tools or for its marrow. He agrees that there must be more research to determine the arrival of humans in North America. They will be working on identifying possibly overlooked evidence in other potential sites as well as paleontology collections in museums.

“What’s really been encouraging is the interest and support that younger archeologists have given us since this has been published,” he said. “We need a lot of people looking into these older deposits. We have no idea whether this early population survived. But if we don’t look, we can’t find it.”

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