By Ned Rozell
February 09, 2006
This summer, John Jangala will raft down the west fork of the Gulkana River. He’ll be looking for good campsites with a nice view, high enough to get away from bugs, but still close to the water. When he gets there, he’ll search for signs of people who stood in the same place a long time ago.
An archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management office in Glennallen, Jangala will spend much of his summer trying to find traces of the earliest residents of the Copper River Valley. What he finds might shed light on the mystery of ancient Lake Atna, which filled the Copper River Basin thousands of years ago. ………..”
By Ky Carry
February 11, 2006
In reply to the Ned Rozell article about John Jangala’s search of the Gulkana Basin for evidence of Paleolithic occupation during the Lake Atna period, John would be wise [depending on whom you ask....] to keep his eyes open for anomalous artifacts that might not fit into his preconceived notions of what he might expect to find in this area.
In my searches for jade in this area, [Gulkana, Glennallen,and Copper Center] I have found what I believe to be tools from two cultures of little people, the normally sized lithics one would expect from “normally” sized people and the lithics of two cultures of giants.
Absurd? perhaps. Preposterous and absolutely unbelievable? Perhaps. But if you look around you will find them nonetheless. The river basin is literally littered with them and it would take a Smithsonian artifact collection and destruction team literally years to collect and destroy them all and they wouldn’t get them all even then.
Whenever I find jades or basinite in that region I would estimate that 80% to 90% of them fit into about six different tool categories.
Good luck with your search, John and I hope you aren’t afraid to face the truth no matter what you find or where it leads you. John, I tell you this knowing that the world was flat and everyone knew it 400 years ago and lots of good men were burned at the stake for daring to utter the simple and now self evident truth that the world is round.
Archaeology is not so different today and to this day careers are ruined by having the gall and questionable fortune of finding artifacts and truths that challenge the opinions of your peers.
Good luck, good hunting, and may the force be with you.