Strangers In A New Land

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Author Adovasio, J
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This beautifully illustrated book will be the standard work on the subject for a generation. <
\> -- Brian Fagan, University of California, Santa Barbara An entertaining, authoritative, and up-to-date review of one of the most contentious issues in archaeology today: the early peopling of the Americas. <
\> -- Ian Tattersall, American Museum of Natural History The migration of Homo sapiens into the Americas remains to this day a contentious subject amongst archaeologists. Strangers in a New Land represents a clear, interesting and well documented review of the arguments from all sides about how and when migrants came to the New World, where they came from, and what they were doing. <
\> -- Aldona Jonaitis, University of Alaska Museum of the North In Strangers in a New Land, the authors tell the absorbing story of the first people
to explore and colonize the Americas at the end of the last Ice Age with captivating discussions of key concepts and descriptions of the most important First American sites from Alaska to South America. This is a book for anyone interested in learning about the first intrepid people who explored and settled the New World. <
\> -- Michael Waters, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A and M University Strangers in a New Land is a profound and challenging account of an intensely controversial subject, the first human occupation of the New World, written by an acknowledged master. <
\> -- Tom Dillehay, Vanderbilt University Where did Native Americans come from and when did they first arrive? Several lines of evidence, most recently genetic, have firmly established that all Native American populations originated in eastern Siberia. For many years, the accepted
version of New World prehistory held that people arrived in the Western Hemisphere around 13,000 years ago. This consensus, called "Clovis First," has been increasingly challenged by discoveries at numerous archaeological sites throughout North and South America and is now widely considered to be outdated. The latest findings have convinced most archaeologists that people came to the Western Hemisphere thousands of years prior to Clovis. There is credible evidence of a human presence in the Americas dating to 19,000 years ago and perhaps as early as 38,000 years ago. The prehistory of the very earliest arrivals into the New World is the subject of Strangers in a New Land. This book documents 35 Clovis and Folsom sites, disputed pre-Clovis sites, legitimate pre-Clovis sites and controversial pre-Clovis sites. This covers an area that stretches from Bluefish Cave, Canada, 70 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle to
Monte Verde, Chile, 14,000 kilometers south of Bering Straits. The discovery and history of each site is accompanied by photographs, maps and diagrams that illustrate the excavations and chronicle the evidence of human activity. Strangers in a New Land
ings these findings together for the first time in language accessible to the general reader. An excellent selection for physical and cultural anthropology, archaeology and prehistory collections.

Short Description
Where did Native Americans come from and when did they first arrive? Several lines of evidence, most recently genetic, have firmly established that all Native American populations originated in eastern Siberia.

Table of Contents
PART ONE <
\> QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Landfall at Guanahani<
\> From Where Did They Come? <
\> How Did They Get Here? <
\> When Did They Get Here? <
\> What Were They Doing? <
\> PART TWO<
\> THE EVIDENCE CLOVIS AND FOLSOM AGE SITES 1. Folsom, New Mexico<
\> 2. Blackwater Draw, New Mexico<
\> 3. Lehner, Murray Springs, and Naco, Arizona<
\> 4. Shoop, Pennsylvania<
\> 5. Shawnee-Minisink, Pennsylvania<
\> 6. Kimmswick Bone Bed, Missouri<
\> 7. Bonfire Shelter, Texas<
\> 8. Central Alaska (Broken Mammoth, Dry Creek, Swan Point, and Walker Road), Alaska<
\> 9. El Fin del Mundo, Mexico DISPUTED PRE-CLOVIS SITES 10. Old Crow, Yukon, Canada<
\> 11. Calico Mountain, California<
\> 12.
Pendejo Cave, New Mexico<
\> 13. Tule Springs, Nevada<
\> 14. Pedra Furada, Piauí, Brazil LEGITIMATE PRE-CLOVIS SITES 15. Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Pennsylvania<
\> 16. Monte Verde, Llanquihue, Chile<
\> 17. Cactus Hill, Virginia<
\> 18. Paisley Five Mile Point Caves, Oregon<
\> 19. Schaefer and Hebior Mammoth, Wisconsin<
\> 20. Buttermilk Creek, Texas (De
a L. Friedkin and Gault) CONTROVERSIAL PRE-CLOVIS SITES 21. Topper, South Carolina <
\> 22. Saltville, Virginia <
\> 23. Taima-taima, Venezuela, and Tibitó, Columbia<
\> 24. Bluefish Caves, Yukon, Canada Coda<
\> Glossary<
\> Radiocarbon Dating<
\> Part One and Coda Notes<
\> Sources for Part Two Site Entries<
\> Bibliography<
\>
Acknowledgements<
\> Index

Review Quotes
Explores the major archaeological sites in the Americas and details their place in the ongoing debate as to who colonized the Americas and how. The book is divided into two parts. Part one is entitled "Questions and Answers" and addresses the who, how, when, and why conundrum. Part two, "The Evidence," examines 24 archaeological sites organized into four categories... For each site, a narrative is provided that describes the history of the archaeological work undertaken and a description of the most important artifacts discovered along with an explanation of their context within the debate over the peopling of the Americas. Also included are copious illustrations, maps, and photographs, many in full color and some the size of an entire page. Appendixes include a glossary and a nine-page explanation of carbon dating that includes the carbon dates for the artifacts discussed in the main body of the work. Concluding the book is a bibliography and index. This work is highly recommended to
all li
aries as it details a scientific debate that continues to roil the archeological community in language that is easily understandable by lay readers.

This lavishly illustrated work gives a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving field of New World archaeology

Highly recommended. All public and general collections and undergraduate li
aries.

By organizing the book around key sites with generous illustrations, Adovasio and Pedler present readers with a thorough tour of the sites, assemblages, and material evidence associated with the colonization event... The book provides a concise and beautifully illustrated trip through these individual sites and artifacts, which goes a long way toward providing an explanation of what is and is not currently known.

This large format book is lavishly illustrated and written for the general reader, and the in-depth description of the thirty-five key early sites is the first of its kind. It is a must-read book for all of us, archaeologists and lay people alike, who are interested in the story of how the Americas were colonized.