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New Perspectives on the First Americans

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The field of first American studies is undergoing significant changes. The traditional model that the Americas were only peopled once by Clovis big-game hunters from Siberia at the end of the last Ice Age has seriously been challenged. Most now believe that the Americas were peopled more than once.

Against this backdrop of controversy, the CSFA and its partners convened the Clovis and Beyond Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1999, and ...

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Overview

The field of first American studies is undergoing significant changes. The traditional model that the Americas were only peopled once by Clovis big-game hunters from Siberia at the end of the last Ice Age has seriously been challenged. Most now believe that the Americas were peopled more than once.

Against this backdrop of controversy, the CSFA and its partners convened the Clovis and Beyond Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1999, and brought many of the major players of the field to the conference forum who have a stake in the future

of America's past.

New Perspectives on the First Americans contains short and concise papers from this conference that focus on the following themes: pre-Clovis archaeology, Clovis-era archaeology, Paleoamerican paleobiology, new approaches to the study of

Paleoamericans, Paleoamericans and public policy, and new directions for Paleoamerican archaeology.

Collectively, these papers represent the intellectual fermentin a field seeking to reconcile itself with changing scientific developments in an evolving social/political context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585443642
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of the First American, The
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 457,039
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


BRADLEY T. LEPPER is a curator of anthropology at the Ohio Historical Society
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Table of Contents

New perspectives on the first Americans : introductory remarks 1
Middle- and late-Pleistocene archaeology of the Manix Basin, San Bernardino Country, California 13
Current archaeological evidence of late-Pleistocene settlement of South America 27
Quandary : the Clovis phenomenon, the first Americans, and the view from Patagonia 35
Pre-Clovis occupation in southeastern Wisconsin 41
Clovis-era archaeology in northern New Hampshire : the Israel River Complex 49
Lahontan chronology and early human occupation in the western great basin : a new look at old collections 55
Florida Paleoindian points and knives 65
Clovis Age in calendar years : 13,500-13,000 CALYBP 73
Mastodons, mammoths, and humans in the North American mid-continent 81
Florida's early-Paleoindian bone and ivory tools 87
Clovis in the southwestern United States 93
Clovis and beyond : then and now 103
Lithic technology of the Little River Clovis Complex, Christian County, Kentucky 111
Paleoindian occupations in the southeastern United States 119
Kennewick man : a Paleoamerican skeleton from the northwestern U.S. 129
Paleoamerican skeletal features surviving into the Late Plains Archaic 137
The enigmatic origins of Paleoindians 143
A molecular anthropological view of the peopling of the Americas 147
Perishable fiber artifacts and the first Americans : new implications 157
Frame analysis : a fluted preform from Munsungun Lake, Maine 165
mtDNA identification of Native American remains : assessing a biological basis for establishing cultural affiliation 173
Rock art and the peopling of the new world 179
The role of geoarchaeology in the search for the first Americans 187
A delicate balance : the Society for American Archaeology and the development of a national repatriation policy 193
Public policy and prehistory 197
Public policy, academic archaeology, and the first Americans 203
Public policy and Native Americans : how do we go from here? 209
The search for the first Americans : perspectives and prospects 215
Fundamentals in early-Paleoindian research for the future 223
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