Across Atlantic Ice The Origin of America's Clovis Culture

ISBN-10: 0520275780

ISBN-13: 9780520275782

Edition: 2013

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Description: Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. Distinctive stone tools belonging to the Clovis culture established the presence of these early New World people. But are the Clovis tools Asian in origin? Drawing from original archaeological analysis, paleoclimatic research, and genetic studies, noted archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley challenge the old narrative and, in the process, counter traditional--and often subjective--approaches to archaeological testing for historical relatedness. The authors apply rigorous scholarship to a hypothesis that places the technological antecedents of Clovis in Europe and posits that the first Americans crossed the Atlantic by boat and arrived earlier than previously thought. Supplying archaeological and oceanographic evidence to support this assertion, the book dismantles the old paradigm while persuasively linking Clovis technology with the culture of the Solutrean people who occupied France and Spain more than 20,000 years ago.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584

John E. Clarkis an American archaeologist and academic researcher of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures and holds a position as professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University. He is also director of the New World Archaeology Foundation. Clark has written and lectured extensively on Mesoamerican archaeology. Michael B. Collinsis a Research Associate Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has specialized in the study of lithic technology and worked with prehistoric collections from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Near East and southwestern Europe. He collaborated on the lithics research for the preClovis site of Monte Verde, Chile. Dr. Collins is currently active in research on the earliest part of the American archaeological record and published Clovis Blade Technology (UT Press) and Clovis Stone Tool Technology (in press).  

List of Illustrations and Tables
Prehistoric Time Line
Foreword
Introduction: The First Americans?
Paleolithic Peoples
Flaked Stone Technology: A Primer
Clovis: The First American Settlers?
Beringia: Out of Asia on Foot
Challenging the Clovis First Model: The Missing Links
The Solutrean: Ice Age Innovators
The Solutrean Hypothesis
Quantitative Culture Comparison
Qualitative Culture Comparison
The Solutrean Maritime Adaptation
The Last Glacial Maximum: How Bad Was the Weather?
Living on the Ice Edge: Ethnographic Analogies
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Cluster Analysis
Notes
References
Index
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