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The Resource First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America, David J. Meltzer

First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America, David J. Meltzer

Label
First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America
Title
First peoples in a new world
Title remainder
colonizing ice age America
Statement of responsibility
David J. Meltzer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meltzer, David J
Dewey number
970.01
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E77.9
LC item number
.M45 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Paleo-Indians
  • Glacial epoch
  • North America
Label
First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America, David J. Meltzer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-420) and index
Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1: Overture -- On dates and dating -- 2: Landscape of colonization: glaciers, climates, and environments of Ice Age North America -- Younger Dryas: it came from outer space? -- 3: From Paleoliths to Paleoindians -- Mammoth fraud in science -- 4: Pre-Clovis controversy and its resolution -- Visit to Monte Verde -- 5: Non-archaeological answers to archaeological questions -- Then there was Kennewick -- 6: American origins: the search for consensus -- Looking for Clovis in all the wrong places -- 7: What do you do when no one's been there before? -- 8: Clovis adaptations and Pleistocene extinctions -- Is overkill dead? -- 9: Settling in: late Paleoindians and the waning Ice Age -- Back to Folsom -- 10: When past and present collide -- Further reading -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
ocn244481245
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xviii, 446 p. 16 p. of plates
Isbn
9780520267992
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2008035901
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)244481245
Label
First peoples in a new world : colonizing ice age America, David J. Meltzer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-420) and index
Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1: Overture -- On dates and dating -- 2: Landscape of colonization: glaciers, climates, and environments of Ice Age North America -- Younger Dryas: it came from outer space? -- 3: From Paleoliths to Paleoindians -- Mammoth fraud in science -- 4: Pre-Clovis controversy and its resolution -- Visit to Monte Verde -- 5: Non-archaeological answers to archaeological questions -- Then there was Kennewick -- 6: American origins: the search for consensus -- Looking for Clovis in all the wrong places -- 7: What do you do when no one's been there before? -- 8: Clovis adaptations and Pleistocene extinctions -- Is overkill dead? -- 9: Settling in: late Paleoindians and the waning Ice Age -- Back to Folsom -- 10: When past and present collide -- Further reading -- Notes -- References -- Index
Control code
ocn244481245
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xviii, 446 p. 16 p. of plates
Isbn
9780520267992
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2008035901
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
(OCoLC)244481245

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