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First Peoples in a New World

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More than 12,000 years ago, in one of the greatest triumphs of prehistory, humans colonized North America, a continent that was th... Weiterlesen
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More than 12,000 years ago, in one of the greatest triumphs of prehistory, humans colonized North America, a continent that was then truly a new world. Just when and how they did so has been one of the most perplexing and controversial questions in archaeology. This dazzling, cutting-edge synthesis, written for a wide audience by an archaeologist who has long been at the center of these debates, tells the scientific story of the first Americans: where they came from, when they arrived, and how they met the challenges of moving across the vast, unknown landscapes of Ice Age North America. David J. Meltzer pulls together the latest ideas from archaeology, geology, linguistics, skeletal biology, genetics, and other fields to trace the breakthroughs that have revolutionized our understanding in recent years. Among many other topics, he explores disputes over the hemisphere's oldest and most controversial sites and considers how the first Americans coped with changing global climates. He also confronts some radical claims: that the Americas were colonized from Europe or that a crashing comet obliterated the Pleistocene megafauna. Full of entertaining descriptions of on-site encounters, personalities, and controversies, this is a compelling behind-the-scenes account of how science is illuminating our past.

Autorentext

David J. Meltzer is Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Folsom: New Archaeological Investigations of a Classic Paleoindian Bison Kill (UC Press) and Search for the First Americans, among other books.

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Titel: First Peoples in a New World
Untertitel: Colonizing Ice Age America
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EAN: 9780520943155
ISBN: 978-0-520-94315-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 464
Veröffentlichung: 27.05.2009
Jahr: 2009
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 10.5 MB
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