|Discovery of the Miller lanceolate point at Meadowcroft Rockshelter in western Pennsylvania |
proved that peoples had been living in America thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Image Courtesy of The National Endowment for the Humanities and Dave Scofield.
Steve Moyer, of Humanities, has written a thoughtful article about the significance and history of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter, one of the earliest archaeological sites with evidence of human occupation in the Americas.
"Because of the stability of the site—Meadowcroft Rockshelter is nestled in Morgantown-Connellsville sandstone about 300 million years old and held high above the constantly eroding waters from nearby Cross Creek—the team surmised from the undisturbed strata that they were finding artifacts more than 12,000 calendar years old. Even without radiocarbon dating (which was used later on), they knew they were entering the realm of pre-Clovis"
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