Folsom: New Archaeological Investigations of a Classic Paleoindian Bison Kill / Edition 1

Folsom: New Archaeological Investigations of a Classic Paleoindian Bison Kill / Edition 1

by David J. Meltzer, Meena Balakrishnan, Donald A. Dorward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520246446

ISBN-13: 9780520246447

Pub. Date: 06/05/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

In the late 1920s outside a sleepy remote New Mexico village, prehistory was made. Spear points, found embedded between the ribs of an extinct Ice Age bison at the site of Folsom, finally resolved decades of bitter scientific controversy over whether the first Americans had arrived in the New World in Ice Age times. Although Folsom is justly famous in the history

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In the late 1920s outside a sleepy remote New Mexico village, prehistory was made. Spear points, found embedded between the ribs of an extinct Ice Age bison at the site of Folsom, finally resolved decades of bitter scientific controversy over whether the first Americans had arrived in the New World in Ice Age times. Although Folsom is justly famous in the history of archaeology for resolving that dispute, for decades little was known of the site except that it was very old. This book for the first time tells the full story of Folsom. David J. Meltzer deftly combines the results of extensive new excavations and laboratory analyses from the late 1990s, with the results of a complete examination and analysis of all the original artifacts and bison remains recovered in the 1920s - now scattered in museums and small towns across the country. Using the latest in archaeological method and technique, and bringing in data from geology and paleoecology, this interdisciplinary study provides a comprehensive look at the adaptations and environments of the late Ice Age Paleoindian hunters who killed a large herd of bison at this spot, as well as a measure of Folsom's pivotal role in American archaeology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520246447
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/05/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
387
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : the Folsom Paleoindian site1
2Folsom and the human antiquity controversy in America22
3Situating the site and setting the ecological stage51
4Archaeological research designs, methods, and results84
5Geology, paleotopography, stratigraphy, and geochronology112
6Late glacial climate and ecology154
7The faunal assemblage and bison bonebed taphonomy205
8Artifacts, technological organization, and mobility247
9Folsom : from prehistory to history295
App. AField procedures and protocols309
App. BThe Folsom diary of Carl Schwachheim316
App. CHistorical archaeology of the Folsom site325
App. DSediment mineralogy and bone preservation331
App. EDefining Folsom : theme and variations338

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