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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.
This magnificently readable book, fully illustrated with maps, photographs, and reconstruction drawings, gives the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the first Americans yet produced.
|Update of the 2004 edition|
|Introduction : an archaeological drama||7|
|1||Friars antiquarians, and moundbuilders||15|
|2||Palaeoliths and extinct animals||35|
|3||In the beginning : act 1, scene 1 : Africa, Europe, and Asia from about 2 million to 35,000 years ago||59|
|4||Modern humans take the stage : act 1, scene 2 : Europe and Asia 35,000 to 15,000 years ago||73|
|Pt. 3||The crossing|
|5||Beringia : act 2, scene 1 : the Bering Strait 35,000 to 15,000 years ago||101|
|6||Alaska and the Yukon territory : act 2, scene 2 : the Northwestern reaches of the new world||119|
|Pt. 4||The first Americans|
|7||The ice-free corridor? : interlude||137|
|8||On the track of the earliest settlers : act 3, scene 1 : the Americans before 11,500 years ago||145|
|9||The Clovis people and their forebears: act 3, scene 2 : North America at the end of the Ice Age||177|
|Pt. 5||The great diversity|
|10||The bison hunters||199|
|11||The Northern world||221|
|List of illustrations||277|