Across Atlantic Ice

Across Atlantic Ice

The Origin of America's Clovis Culture

eBook - 2012
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Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. Distinctive stone tools belonging to the Clovis culture established the presence of these early New World people. But are the Clovis tools Asian in origin? Drawing from original archaeological analysis, paleoclimatic research, and genetic studies, noted archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley challenge the old narrative and, in the process, counter traditional--and often subjective--approaches to archaeological testing for historical relatedness. The authors apply rigorous scholarship to a hypothesis that places the technological antecedents of Clovis in Europe and posits that the first Americans crossed the Atlantic by boat and arrived earlier than previously thought. Supplying archaeological and oceanographic evidence to support this assertion, the book dismantles the old paradigm while persuasively linking Clovis technology with the culture of the Solutrean people who occupied France and Spain more than 20,000 years ago.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 0520949676
9780520949676
0520227832
9780520227835
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 319 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Additional Contributors: Bradley, Bruce A. 1948-
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MelissaMcCarthy Jul 15, 2013

Intriguing but highly technical. I would like to say I am convinced by their theory (that the Clovis people came to North America from what is now France, rather than across the Bering land bridge), but I don't quite understand all of the archaeological ins and outs. When I have more time to devote to it, I plan to read this book again and give it the time and attention it deserves.

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