Vikings in the New World: A New Phase of Investigation

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 28, 2013 in Archaeology |

BufferIt seems to me that there are several phases in the reporting and investigation of Viking sojourns in North America. The first phase (in the 19th and early 20th centuries) focused on interpreting the Icelandic sagas involving Leif Ericson and others. These accounts led to speculation concerning where along the east coast Leif or his […]

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Jerry’s Rescue, Syracuse, 1851

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 21, 2013 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer(This is the fifth in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) Recently Kerry Nelson and I attended a Saratoga Reads discussion of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, along with several other avid Saratoga readers (and people who care about local history).  This was a regularly scheduled Saratoga Reads […]

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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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