The Early Settlement of North America: The Clovis Era / Edition 1

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What is the Clovis culture, where did it come from and how did it spread? These are just some of the questions that Gary Haynes addresses in this study of the early settlement of North America. He begins by looking at the archaeological evidence for Clovis fluted point assemblages and sites, at early settlement, human adaptation to environmental conditions and the resources available to them. 'Haynes offers a compelling re-appraisal of our current state of knowledge about the peopling of this continent and provides a significant new contribution to the debate with his own integrated theory of Clovis, which incorporates vital new biological, ecological, behavioral, and archaeological data'.
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"...The Early Settlement of North America [is] most impressive. Haynes presents a wide-ranging, lively, detailed discussion of his ideas and supporting data." Science
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521524636
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY HAYNES is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Fluted Points and the Peopling of the Americas: 1.1. Introduction; 1.2. Fin de si├Ęcle paradigm-busting, or what's at stake in the debate about the colonizing of North America?; 1.3. How do archaeologists address the big unanswered questions about Fluted-Point-Makers?; Part II. What is Clovis? The Archaeological Record: 2.1. Introduction; 2.2. Clovis archaeological footprints, region by region; 2.3. Knowledge and guesswork about the late Pleistocene; 2.4. Defining Clovis: is it a culture? 2.5. The course of regional developments: the megamammal connection; Part III. Clovis Archaeological Culture: 3.1. Introduction; 3.2. Clovis-era technology; 3.3. Clovis-era megamammal bone-breakage; 3.4. Clovis-era artwork, decorative work, 'symbolic' objects; Part IV. The Old and New World Patterns Compared: 4.1. Dispersals and diffusions: old world Upper Paleolithic and new world Clovis; 4.2. The American Upper Paleolithic; Part V. Figures in the Landscape: Foraging in the Clovis Era: 5.1. Introduction; 5.2. Archaeological evidence about hunting and gathering in megamammal landscapes; 5.3. Why hunt megamammals? Why not hunt megamammals? Conclusions from Part V. Figures in the Landscapes: Part VI. Colonizing Foragers: 6.1. Introduction; 6.2. Colonization theory. Conclusions from Part VI: Complexity in Clovis dispersals; Part VII. Unified Conclusions about the Clovis Era: 7.1. Introduction; 7.2. The end.

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