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First Peoples in a New World : Colonizing Ice Age America - David J. Meltzer

First Peoples in a New World

Colonizing Ice Age America

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"A masterful exploration and encapsulation of the last two centuries of American archaeology and the first five millennia of the earliest Americans." American Scientist

"A cutting-edge synthesis of our understanding of the settlement of the Americas...Written in a lively style for the general reader, it is both informative and full of entertaining descriptions of the sites, personalities, and ideas that fuel the debate. Richly illustrated and well produced, it is an outstanding contribution to the literature on this compelling topic." American Archaeology

"The settling of the Americas has been a first-rate scientific puzzle since Columbus stumbled across the peoples of the Caribbean. David Meltzer is its ideal chronicler: a major participant in the research that is unlocking the mystery and a fine writer with a wry humor." Charles C. Mann, author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus

"In remarkably comprehensive and lucid fashion, Meltzer synthesizes the complex and commonly conflicting evidence for the earliest human presence in the Americas and provides an honestly told lesson about the workings of scientific thought." David Hurst Thomas, author of Skull Wars

"A natural storyteller, David Meltzer gives us a vivid picture of both the colonizing bands of humans who moved into the Americas and the researchers who followed their footsteps from Alaska to Chile. This is an insider's account, told with a keen eye and sense of humor." Ann Gibbons, author of the First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

"A must read for anyone interested in what is undeniable the greatest debate in American archaeology... Essential." Choice "The book is ... sharply written and narratively compelling." -- Mark Dailey Journal Of World History "A masterful exploration and encapsulation of the last two centuries of American archaeology and the first five millennia of the earliest Americans." American Scientist "Informative and entertaining." -- E. James Dixon Antiquity "A good review of topics and controversies surrounding the peopling of North America." -- Susan C. Vehik Great Plains Research "[Meltzer] has written the most in-depth synthesis of the history of the debate about the early peopling of North America yet published." -- Juliet E. Morrow Journal Of Iowa Archeological Society "Often lively and occasionally bemused, Meltzer's study-part detective story and part archeological research-is stimulating and sometimes tantalizingly controversial." Publishers Weekly: Nonfiction (2)

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Overturep. 1
On Dates and Datingp. 6
The Landscape of Colonization: Glaciers, Climates, and Environments of Ice Age North Americap. 23
The Younger Dryas: It Came from Outer Space?p. 55
From Paleoliths to Paleoindiansp. 63
A Mammoth Fraud in Sciencep. 75
The Pre-Clovis Controversy and Its Resolutionp. 95
A Visit to Monte Verdep. 125
Non-archaeological Answers to Archaeological Questionsp. 137
And Then There Was Kennewickp. 177
American Origins: The Search for Consensusp. 183
Looking for Clovis in All the Wrong Placesp. 185
What Do You Do When No One's Been There Before?p. 209
Clovis Adaptations and Pleistocene Extinctionsp. 239
Is Overkill Dead?p. 262
Settling In: Late Paleoindians and the Waning Ice Agep. 281
Back to Folsomp. 291
When Past and Present Collidep. 321
Further Readingp. 345
Notesp. 349
Referencesp. 385
Indexp. 421
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ISBN: 9780520267992
ISBN-10: 0520267990
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 30th November 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.0