The Great Journey: The Peopling of Ancient America / Edition 1

The Great Journey: The Peopling of Ancient America / Edition 1

by Brian M. Fagan
     
 

From reviews of the first edition:

"Most of us are acquainted with the European discovery of America, but how and when did American Indians occupy the continent? That's the fascinating puzzle Fagan discusses here--and he reveals himself as a meticulous, skeptical researcher. . . . The upshot is an informative, balanced, and often exciting account."-

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From reviews of the first edition:

"Most of us are acquainted with the European discovery of America, but how and when did American Indians occupy the continent? That's the fascinating puzzle Fagan discusses here--and he reveals himself as a meticulous, skeptical researcher. . . . The upshot is an informative, balanced, and often exciting account."--Kirkus

"This is an admirable introduction to questions that have exercised men ever since the discovery of the Americas."--New York Times Book Review

"For fans of Jean M. Auel's best-selling novels, Fagan's book provides a much-needed and up-to-date summary of the facts on which her books about Ice Age humans are loosely based."--Los Angeles Times

How, where, when, and why did human beings take the first steps in their journey to populate North America? First published in 1987, The Great Journey tells the story of the search for the first Americans--one of archaeology's great controversies. An enhanced edition of this dramatic narrative and real-life mystery follows the trail of evidence from the Old World to the New, beginning with an update on the debates and discoveries that have taken place since the late 1980s. Fagan presents the latest archaeological findings on both sides of the Bering Strait, new genetic and linguistic research that amplifies earlier theories, and he assesses the importance of global warming to first settlement.

The saga of how Asians came across the Bering Sea land bridge begins with the emergence of modern humans in tropical Africa some 150,000 years ago. Fagan describes the great Homo sapiens diaspora, which included the settlement of America, during the late Ice Age. He evaluates the various routes that brought Stone Age hunter-gatherers from Siberia into North America and beyond.

This magnificently readable book, widely regarded as a classic of archaeological writing, sets forth different scenarios for first settlement, the controversies over the extinction of large Ice Age animals, and a brief overview of cultural developments since the time of the Paleo-Indians. Lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs, and line drawings, the updated edition of The Great Journey offers an entertaining yet sober assessment of what we know about the first Americans.

Brian M. Fagan is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813027562
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,517,441
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Update of the 2004 edition
Introduction : an archaeological drama7
Pt. 1Ideas
1Friars antiquarians, and moundbuilders15
2Palaeoliths and extinct animals35
Pt. 2Ancestry
3In the beginning : act 1, scene 1 : Africa, Europe, and Asia from about 2 million to 35,000 years ago59
4Modern humans take the stage : act 1, scene 2 : Europe and Asia 35,000 to 15,000 years ago73
Pt. 3The crossing
5Beringia : act 2, scene 1 : the Bering Strait 35,000 to 15,000 years ago101
6Alaska and the Yukon territory : act 2, scene 2 : the Northwestern reaches of the new world119
Pt. 4The first Americans
7The ice-free corridor? : interlude137
8On the track of the earliest settlers : act 3, scene 1 : the Americans before 11,500 years ago145
9The Clovis people and their forebears: act 3, scene 2 : North America at the end of the Ice Age177
Pt. 5The great diversity
10The bison hunters199
11The Northern world221
12Epilog239
Further reading263
Acknowledgments276
List of illustrations277
Index281

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