Peter Storck

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Peter Storck

Dr. Peter L. Storck is an archaeologist and Senior Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He obtained his training at the University of Wisconsin, earning a PhD in anthropology with a specialty in environmental archaeology.

In 1969 he joined the ROM where he worked as a curator over a career spanning nearly thirty years. His research concerned questions about the origins and way of life of the first peoples to occupy North America, particularly Early Paleo­Indians who appeared in southern Ontario at the end of the Ice Age, roughly 11,000 years ago.

Dr. Storck’s award ­winning book for the general public about his research, Journey to the Ice Age, was published in 2004 by the University of British Columbia Press in association with the Royal Ontario Museum. Since retirement, Dr. Storck has continued to write for the general public, recently publishing a novel inspired by events in his profession: Fatal Flaw; a novel about the social nature of humans, and a threat buried deep in humanity’s origins.

2016 Forum Talk

“Searching for the Beginning: the Human Story in Ice Age Ontario.”

North and South America were the last continents colonized by modern humans after their dispersal from their African homeland 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. Exactly when the Americas were first colonized from northeast Asia is not known, although an archaeological site on Manitoulin Island was once thought to provide evidence for human occupation before the last glaciation, perhaps 30,000 years ago. Recent re­excavations show that the site was occupied much later – roughly 9,500 years ago – by Late Paleo­Indian hunter­gatherers from the northern Plains during the deglaciation of northwestern Ontario, a time of rapid climate change and dramatic lake level fluctuations. Two thousand years earlier, during an earlier stage in deglaciation, their ancestors – Early Paleo­Indians from the mid­continent region – occupied southern Ontario. Their arrival was part of a continent ­wide movement, making Early Paleo­Indians one of the most successful colonizing peoples in prehistory.

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