Map of North America with glacier. daunting route Download the print version
How did people first reach the Northeast? Some traditional Native American stories say that people were created there. Most scientists think they came from places south or west at the end of the most recent Ice Age, sometime between 12,000 and 15,000 years ago. Scholars debate the routes, having little direct evidence beyond scattered stone tools. These they try to trace back to the source of the stone, to sketch paths of travel.