Monday, December 2, 2013

The Clovis Point and the Discovery of America's First Culture

Clovis Point
Image courtesy of Guy Billout
November 2013

Charles C. Mann, of Smithsonian Magazine, wrote an interesting article about the history of Clovis Points and new research which suggests that the Clovis culture is not the first "truly American culture".

"More than 10,000 Clovis points have been discovered, scattered in 1,500 locations throughout most of North America; Clovis points, or something similar, have turned up as far south as Venezuela. They seem to have materialized suddenly, by archaeological standards, and spread fast. The oldest securely dated points, discovered in Texas, trace back 13,500 years. In a few centuries they show up everywhere from Florida to Montana, from Pennsylvania to Washington State."
To read the full article, click here.

Charles C. Mann is the author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus 
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