Looking Down the Ice-Free Corridor: Another Side of the First Americans Story

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 12, 2013 in Archaeology |

BufferThere are two sides to the story of the early peopling of North America, Stuart Fiedel has reminded me in a couple of recent emails.  Stuart’s detailed criticism of the data and interpretations of the Monte Verde site (Fiedel 1999) are sometimes cited as a significant component of the debate between the Clovis-First and Pre-Clovis […]

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Pursuing the Pre-Clovis Paradigm

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 7, 2013 in Archaeology |

BufferEver since the early 20th century, when important investigators such as William Henry Holmes and Aleš Hrdlička debunked claims of evidence of Ice Age human populations in the Americas, archaeologists and anthropologists have considered the matter very carefully (and with due skepticism). The Holmes and Hrdlicka-inspired hard-line eased in the 1920s and 30s with discoveries […]

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Discovery of Early California Sites Fascinates Students of the Past

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on March 9, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts |

Over the last few days, data on discoveries made in California’s Channel Islands by teams led by archaeologists Jon Erlandson and Torben Rick have been brought to wide circulation among archaeologists, other scientists, and the internet-reading public.  These discoveries are fascinating because (1) they are associated with very early cultures, reported to be 11,200-12,200 years […]

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