The Early Settlement of North America: The Clovis Era

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 14, 2002 - History - 345 pages
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The Early Occupation of the New World is an examination of the first recognisable culture in North America: the Clovis complex. Gary Haynes begins his analysis with a discussion of the archaeology of Clovis fluted points in North America and a review of the history of the research on the topic. He presents and evaluates all the evidence that is now available on the artefacts, the human populations of the time, and the environment, and he examines the adaptation of the early human settlers in North America to the simultaneous disappearance of the mammoths and mastodonts. Haynes offers a compelling re-appraisal of our current state of knowledge about the peopling of this continent and provides a significant new contribution to the debate with his own integrated theory of Clovis, which incorporates vital new biological, ecological, behavioural and archaeological data.
  

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Contents

Fluted points and the peopling of the Americas
1
What is Clovis? The archeological record
38
Clovis archeological culture
109
The Old and New World patterns compared
159
Figures in the landscape foraging in the Clovis era
170
Colonizing foragers
239
Unified conclusions about the Clovis era
263
Appendix
274
References
275
Index
330
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GARY HAYNES is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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