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The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mysteryby Jake Page
Synopses & Reviews
J. M. Adovasio has spent the last thirty years at the center of one of our most fiery scientific debates: Who were the first humans in the Americas, and how and when did they get there?
At its heart, The First Americans is the story of the revolution in thinking that Adovasio and his fellow archaeologists have brought about, and the firestorm it has ignited. As he writes, “The work of lifetimes has been put at risk, reputations have been damaged, an astounding amount of silliness and even profound stupidity has been taken as serious thought, and always lurking in the background of all the argumentation and gnashing of tenets has been the question of whether the field of archaeology can ever be pursued as a science.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A leading archaeologist addresses the complex puzzle about the origins of the first humans to settle in North America, reassessing common myths about early human migration and lifestyle, arguing that the first Americans most likely arrived by boat, and exploring questions about the role of women in early American society, the origins of Native Americans, and more. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
J. M. Adovasio, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute. He lives near Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jake Page is a former editor of Natural History magazine and science editor of Smithsonian magazine. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.
About the Author
J. M. Adovasio, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute, generally rec-ognized as the finest small-college–based research and training program in North America. He has achieved international acclaim as the archaeologist in charge of the excavations at Meadowcroft Rockshelter, the earliest indisputably dated archaeological site in North America. He has taught and/or conducted research at the Smithsonian Institution, Youngstown State University, the University of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Institute, and, at present, Mercyhurst College. He lives near Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jake Page is a former editor of Natural History magazine and science editor of Smithsonian magazine, as well as founder of the Natural History Press and Smithsonian Books. An essayist and mystery novelist, he is also the author of fifteen popular books on the natural sciences and American Indians. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Glimpses through the looking glass — The glacier's edge — Charismatic megafauna — Good-bye, glacial man; hello, clovis — Timing is everything — The pre-clovis quest — Melee over meadowcroft — Another angle of view — Fireworks and the paleo-police — Three-legged stools and skull wars — Who are those guys?.
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