By Dennis J. Stanford

ISBN-10: 0520227832

ISBN-13: 9780520227835

Who have been the 1st people to inhabit North the USA? in keeping with the now accepted tale, mammal hunters entered the continent a few 12,000 years in the past through a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. distinct stone instruments belonging to the Clovis tradition verified the presence of those early New international humans. yet are the Clovis instruments Asian in beginning? Drawing from unique archaeological research, paleoclimatic study, and genetic reports, famous archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley problem the previous narrative and, within the method, counter traditional—and usually subjective—approaches to archaeological trying out for ancient relatedness. The authors follow rigorous scholarship to a speculation that areas the technological antecedents of Clovis in Europe and posits that the 1st american citizens crossed the Atlantic by way of boat and arrived in advance of formerly idea. offering archaeological and oceanographic proof to aid this statement, the booklet dismantles the previous paradigm whereas persuasively linking Clovis know-how with the tradition of the Solutrean those that occupied France and Spain greater than 20,000 years ago.

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Indeed, it has been difficult to bring a conclusion to this book with all of the new and exciting discoveries. Humans seek new places to live for at least two reasons: it is hard to make a living where they come from, and somewhere else seems more attractive. This is known as the push-pull concept. Stress encourages people to look for new homes, and perceived plenty is attractive. The hypothesis that we will present is that a combination of limited territory and a seasonally impoverished terrestrial environment adjacent to a seasonally rich marine environment attracted Solutrean people to incorporate a maritime component into their subsistence patterns.

The other is a twenty-year intellectual excursion far outside the academic mainstream by two scholars to explore possible answers to the questions of who first came to the Americas, when, whence, and how. We long thought that we knew the story of the initial peopling of the Americas: Nomadic mammoth hunters moved out of the Russian steppe, across the ice age Bering land bridge, down an ice-free corridor between the major ice sheets of Canada, and onto the northern Great Plains. This brought them to an American Serengeti of giant bison, mammoth, mastodon, horse, camel, and many other worthy game animals.

Were these people one of the lost tribes of Israel? Did the universe create them in their own private Eden? 1 His logic preceded the proof of the existence of such a land bridge by some 350 years. Some American Indians like the idea of sharing ancestors with Genghis Khan. Many others oppose the theory that their ancestors came across a land bridge from Asia—or from anywhere else. Their ancestors, they argue, were created in their traditional American homelands; they did not migrate from another continent.

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