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The Settlement of the Americas: A New Prehistory

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Since 1977, archaeologist Tom Dillehay has been unearthing conclusive evidence of human habitation in the Americas at least 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, settling a bitter debate and demolishing the standard scientific account of the settlement of the Americas. The question of how people first came to the Americas is now thrown wide open: the best guess is that they arrived ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published February 14th 2001 by Basic Books (first published 2000)
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Update 2015: an exciting summary of the latest genetic evidence on ancient links between South Asian and South American pioneers: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science...

Timothy Egan's book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis sparked my interest in American Indian cultures, so I decided that I had best begin at the beginning. Thomas Dillehay proves to my satisfaction that the beginning was a very, very long time ago--perhaps as much as 15,
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" ... multiple migrations ... Early arrivals may have been proto-Mongoloids, later ones perhaps more like modern Mongoloids or Asians ... Two types of human skeletons, a robust form and a gracile form, apparently coexisted in early Holocen South America ... suggest that the earliest South Americans may not be morphologically linked with northeastern Asians or Siberians ... more closely resemble South Pacific and South Asian populations ... These results only add to the unanswered questions." And ...more
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Sep 15, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you picked up Dillehay's book to get a detailed analysis of Monte Verde, his infamous archaeological site, you will be disappointed. While he does delve into some of the key points about the site, this book is more of a cursory examination of the early archaeological sites found in South America as it relates to the ongoing debate regarding the arrival of the First Americans.

At the present moment, there are two leading theories regarding the arrival of the indigenous populations of the Ameri
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Rebecca Webb Wilson University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion, and Culture and Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Professor Extraordinaire and Honorary Doctorate at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Internal professor in the Programa de Estuidos Andinos in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima, and Adjunct faculty ...more
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“First, in order to reconstruct the economic, technological, and settlement history of a regional population, we must have a basic understanding of the pattern of habitation and activity a site represents. Second, we must understand the local environment: the type and frequency of foods and other resources it makes available.” 0 likes
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