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First Americans : Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery

First Americans : Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375757044

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ISBN13: 978-0375757044
ISBN10: 037575704X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Modern Library
Published: 2002
International: No

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First Americans : Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375757044

James Adovasio and Jake Page

ISBN13: 978-0375757044
ISBN10: 037575704X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Modern Library

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

Archaeologist J. M. Adovasio has spent the last thirty years at the center of one of our most fiery scientific debates: Who were the first humans in the Americas, and how and when did they get there?

H. L. Mencken said that ''for every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.'' Conventional thinking has it that the first Americans were a band of hunters who crossed the frozen Bering Strait during the Ice Age some twelve thousand years ago and whose descendants spread to the tip of South America in five hundred years. Now, in no small part because of J. M. Adovasio's work, our notions of who first peopled the Western Hemisphere, how they arrived, and how they lived have been forever changed.

Adovasio begins The First Americans by putting his work into historical context, from the earliest European fantasies about where the Native Americans came from to the birth of modern archaeology and the origins of the dogma his own work has debunked. But at its heart, his book is the story of the revolution in thinking that he and his peers have brought about, and the firestorm it has ignited. As he writes, ''The work of lifetimes has been put at risk, reputations have been damaged, an astounding amount of silliness and even profound stupidity has been taken as serious thought, and always lurking in the background of all the argumentation and gnashing of tenets has been the question of whether the field of archaeology can ever be pursued as a science.''

Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Glimpses Through the Looking Class
Ch. 2. The Glacier's Edge
Ch. 3. Charismatic Megafauna
Ch. 4. Good-Bye, Glacial Man: Hello, Clovis
Ch. 5. Timing is Everything
Ch. 6. The Pre-Clovis Quest
Ch. 7. Melee Over Meadowcroft
Ch. 8. Another Angle of View
Ch. 9. Fireworks and the Paleo-Police
Ch. 10. Three-Legged Stools and Skull Wars
Ch. 11. Who are Those Guys?

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