The Settlement of the Americas
A New PrehistoryBook - 2000
Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from, when did they get here, and how did they settle the Americas? Until three years ago, the "Clovis" people were credited as the pioneers, arriving across the Bering land bridge at the end of the last Ice Age, no earlier than 12,000 B.C. Now that standard scientific account has been demolished.As the principal investigator since 1977 at Monte Verde, Chile, the most important site in overturning the old theories, Thomas Dillehay spent many years being dismissed for his insistence on the presence of "impossibly" ancient human artifacts dating back 20,000 years. In the past few years he has been soundly vindicated, and in this book he presents a highly readable account of who the earliest settlers are likely to have been, where they may have landed, and how they dispersed across two continents.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxi, 371 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm