The bones of a baby girl found in Alaska were dated by archaeologists to be an astounding 11,500 years old. Even more amazing is that further analysis revealed this tiny Native American child was not related to any Indian tribe existing in the New World today.

What the find means is that there was once a tribe of Native Americans who never mixed with the hundreds of other known tribes today. This unique group existed in isolation somewhere in the vast land known today as Alaska, and then died out, never to be seen again – until now.

Scientists say the find adds great weight to what is still the dominant theory of how Native American people first arrived on the North American continent. It is likely these groups originated in eastern Siberia and then crossed over to the New World when glaciers still connected Siberia with Alaska. After the last Ice Age ended, the so-called “land bridge” was covered with ocean water. East and West were then separated for the rest of modern history.

The body of the little girl found was buried with great care and ceremony. It was covered with red ocher and resting on a bed of antler points. The remains of a second infant was also found nearby at the same site.

The baby girl was given the name Xach’itee’aanenh T’eede Gaay which means “sunrise girl child.” The other infant girl was dubbed Yełkaanenh T’eede Gaay which is “dawn-twilight girl child.”

Categories: Native American, Native American History

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