Monday, January 13, 2014

When Did People First Discover America?

Clovis Spear Point. Image courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog.
Clovis Spear Point.
Image courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog.

Brad Lepper, of the Ohio Historical Society Archaeology Blog, has a thought provoking post about the timeline of settlement of the Americas.

"There is no more hotly debated question in all of American archaeology than ‘when did people first arrive in the New World?’ For decades, the consensus has been that the early Paleoindian Clovis culture was the first to arrive around 13,000 years ago. And many archaeologists still think that’s the right answer.
For myself and others, however, sites like Meadowcroft Rockshelter next door in Pennsylvania and Monte Verde in southern Chile pretty much conclusively demonstrate that people were here before Clovis."

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