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Lost World: Rewriting Prehistory---How New Science Is Tracing America's Ice Age Mariners

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For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge at the Bering Strait and migrating south through an ice-free passage between two great glaciers blanketing the continent. But after years of sifting through data from diverse and surprising ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Atria Books (first published June 24th 2003)
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Angie Lisle
May 04, 2011 Angie Lisle rated it liked it
This book will probably bore anyone who isn't interested in the archaeological, anthropological, geological, or paleontological evidence surrounding the prehistoric migration of the first people in North America. Those with an interest will be entertained.

The language is simple; the author presents a very vivid picture of the evidence supporting the possibility that prehistoric people migrated along the north-western coast of North America.

However, he doesn't mention the hypothesis that the fir
Mark Isaak
Jun 20, 2014 Mark Isaak rated it really liked it
The science leading to a changing consensus regarding how America became peopled (coastal vs. overland) was covered well -- detailed but not too much so; wide-ranging to cover all the relevant studies; and not, that I could tell, overly slanted (although Koppel's attitude towards Clovis-first supporters was probably harsher than history will justify). So on matters important to why I read the book, it rates well. Koppel sets this information in the framework of his own experiences with the archa ...more
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Aug 17, 2013 Last Ranger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Into the Terra Incognita!

In this well written book, author Tom Koppel investigates the controversial question of how the first Paleo-Indians got to the Americas. Did they get here by land? It's a well known story: approximately 10,000 to 12,000 YBP, as the Ice Age was coming to an end, isolated bands of hunter-gatherers crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska and first set foot on North America. In time, utilizing an ice-free corridor between two continent spanning glaciers, they migr
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
Really accessible to a non-academic reader. I particularly enjoyed the mentions of the Hiada legends and how those legends fit into climactic history.

I followed it up with:
"The First Americans The Pleistocene Colonization of the New World"
Ed. Nina Jablonski

The best section to follow this book is:

"Ocean Trails and Prairie Paths? Thoughts about Clovis Origins"
(spoiler alert think pre-historic trans-Atlantic).

and also a long article in: World Archaeology 37.4 (2005) called "Debates in World Archae
Sep 27, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Good book that argues for coastal migration of the America's. I've never been a fan of the 'ice-free corridor' migration theory of paleolithic man; a coastal migration makes more sense to me.
Mike Davis
May 25, 2013 Mike Davis rated it liked it
Very interesting subject matter, but was slow sometimes. Mr. Koppel sometimes got more sidetracked with his telling of the story of how he researched the book instead of the point behind the book. Overall, though, I was glad to have read it.
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