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First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America by David J. Meltzer

By David J. Meltzer

greater than 12,000 years in the past, in a single of the best triumphs of prehistory, people colonized North the US, a continent that was once then actually a brand new global. simply whilst and the way they did so has been some of the most complicated and debatable questions in archaeology. This awesome, state-of-the-art synthesis, written for a large viewers via an archaeologist who has lengthy been on the middle of those debates, tells the clinical tale of the 1st american citizens: the place they got here from, after they arrived, and the way they met the demanding situations of relocating around the large, unknown landscapes of Ice Age North the USA. David J. Meltzer pulls jointly the most recent principles from archaeology, geology, linguistics, skeletal biology, genetics, and different fields to track the breakthroughs that experience revolutionized our knowing lately. between many different subject matters, he explores disputes over the hemisphere's oldest and so much debatable websites and considers how the 1st american citizens coped with altering international climates. He additionally confronts a few radical claims: that the Americas have been colonized from Europe or crashing comet obliterated the Pleistocene megafauna. jam-packed with interesting descriptions of on-site encounters, personalities, and controversies, this can be a compelling behind-the-scenes account of the way technology is illuminating our past.

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