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Center for American Paleolithic Research (CAPR)
 Discovering evidence of the earliest people in the Americas


    CAPR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) archaeological research center dedicated to discovering evidence of the earliest humans in the Americas. To achieve this goal we are systematically investigating geologic deposits that are more than 15,000 years old. Our research team is directed by Steven R. Holen, an archaeologist with more than forty years experience in Paleoindian archaeology. Our research and educational activities encompass four specific areas:


Fieldwork and Geoarchaeology

    Field research is central to CAPR's effort to find evidence of early people in the Americas. Through systematic identification, survey and excavation of sedimentary deposits older than 15,000 years we are actively searching for and testing new sites for evidence of early humans. We do not limit ourselves to the search for stone tools. Instead we look for the full range of human behavioral and technological indicators.


Experimental Archaeology

    Understanding ancient technologies is sometimes difficult because natural processes occasionally mimic human srone and bone technology. Experimental archaeology informs us about how humans produced the technological patterns visible in the archaeological record. CAPR maintains an active experimental archaeology program focusing on bone modification.

 Museum Collections Research

    Another important research focus is the data available in curated museum collections. CAPR supports a program of reevaluating museum collections for previously overlooked evidence and applying new analysis techniques. We also work closely with avocational arcaeologists. Both museum and avocational collections have led us to new sites that contain evidence of early humans in the Americas.


    CAPR's outreach and educational program is geared to disseminating the results of our research through professional and popular publications and to supporting archaeologists who share our research goals. We provide presentations to avocational and professional audiences, community groups, college classes and school groups. Presentations can be scheduled by contacting CAPR at 720-217-6758 or by email at CAPR@skybeam.com.

    The Center for American Paleolithic Research has a number of important ongoing activities including field excavations, experimental archaeological research and museum collections research. We continue to successfully conduct important archaeological investigations while competing with larger and better funded programs. But to remain competitive we need your support. You can help by donating your time, providing leads on important archaeological sites and contributing financially to CAPR programs. All cash donations are tax deductible. Make your check payable to CAPR and mail to:

Kathleen Holen, Director
Steven R. Holen, Director of Research and Chairman of the Board

27930 Cascade Rd.
Hot Springs, SD  57747