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First Peoples in a New World : Colonizing Ice Age America / David J. Meltzer.

Author/Creator:
Meltzer, David J., author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2009]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (481 p.)
Subjects:
Paleo-Indians -- North America
Glacial epoch -- North America
Local subjects:
Glacial epoch - North America.
Glacial epoch --North America.
North America - Antiquities.
North America --Antiquities.
Paleo-Indians - North America.
Paleo-Indians --North America.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
More than 12,000 years ago, in one of the greatest triumphs of prehistory, humans colonized North America, a continent that was then truly a new world. Just when and how they did so has been one of the most perplexing and controversial questions in archaeology. This dazzling, cutting-edge synthesis, written for a wide audience by an archaeologist who has long been at the center of these debates, tells the scientific story of the first Americans: where they came from, when they arrived, and how they met the challenges of moving across the vast, unknown landscapes of Ice Age North America. David J. Meltzer pulls together the latest ideas from archaeology, geology, linguistics, skeletal biology, genetics, and other fields to trace the breakthroughs that have revolutionized our understanding in recent years. Among many other topics, he explores disputes over the hemisphere's oldest and most controversial sites and considers how the first Americans coped with changing global climates. He also confronts some radical claims: that the Americas were colonized from Europe or that a crashing comet obliterated the Pleistocene megafauna. Full of entertaining descriptions of on-site encounters, personalities, and controversies, this is a compelling behind-the-scenes account of how science is illuminating our past.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1. OVERTURE
2. THE LANDSCAPE OF COLONIZATION
3. FROM PALEOLITHS TO PALEOINDIANS
4. THE PRE-CLOVIS CONTROVERSY AND ITS RESOLUTION
5. NON-ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANSWERS TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS
6. American Origins: The Search for Consensus
7. What Do You Do When No One's Been There Before?
8. CLOVIS ADAPTATIONS AND PLEISTOCENE EXTINCTIONS
9. Settling In: Late Paleoindians and the Waning Ice Age
10. WHEN PAST AND PRESENT COLLIDE
FURTHER READING
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
ISBN:
1-282-36087-6
9786612360879
0-520-94315-5
OCLC:
609850106
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520943155 doi
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