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The Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistoryby Thomas D Dillehay
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Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from, when did they get here, and how did they settle the Americas? Until three years ago, the Clovis” people were credited as the pioneers, arriving across the Bering land bridge at the end of the last Ice Age, no earlier than 12,000 B.C. Now that standard scientific account has been demolished.As the principal investigator since 1977 at Monte Verde, Chile, the most important site in overturning the old theories, Thomas Dillehay spent many years being dismissed for his insistence on the presence of impossibly” ancient human artifacts dating back 20,000 years. In the past few years he has been soundly vindicated, and in this book he presents a highly readable account of who the earliest settlers are likely to have been, where they may have landed, and how they dispersed across two continents.
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The Monte Verde site in southern Chile is widely accepted as the first proven pre-Clovis site, a human New World settlement that is at least 15,000 and perhaps as much as 30,000 years old. This work tours relevant sites, describes routes the first Americans might have taken to this hemisphere, and tells how they must have lived and how they faced the adventure of exploring a completely uninhabited continent. Includes b&w photos of sites and illustrations of artifacts. Dillehay teaches anthropology at the University of Kentucky-Lexington. He was the principal investigator at the Monte Verde site in Chile.
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Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from, when did they get here, and how did they settle the Americas? An archeologist presents a highly readable account of who the earliest settlers were likely to have been, where they may have landed, and how they dispersed across two continents. Illustrations & maps.
The first authoritative account to present the new paradigm in American archaeology about the origin of early American culture.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-357) and index.
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