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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 19th 2011:Who Were the First Americans? The Latest Theories and Evidence

Archaeologists and scientists have been fascinated with human migrations to the New World since the early-mid 20th century discoveries at Clovis and Folsom (New Mexico) and somewhat later findings at Cueva Fell in Chile and elsewhere in South America. These sites gave rise to what is known as Paleoindian research and were taken as evidence for earliest human arrivals because of broad distributions of a limited, but elegant group of spear point types. Many sites were associated with the slaughter and meat processing of now extinct mammals such as mammoths and mastodons. Until relatively recentl

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Vance Holliday

Vance Holliday is Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Geosciences University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Colorado-Boulder (1982). His research interests extend into geoarchaeology, Paleoindian archaeology and Quaternary landscape evolution. His research areas are focused on the American Southwest and northern New Mexico. Dr. Holliday is also Executive Director of the Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund (AARF) which is dedicated the to study of the earliest peopling of the Greater Southwest. Vance has also done field work in the Pampas of Argentina and the Don River Valley in Russia. He has authored and edited several volumes including Soil
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David Meltzer

David Meltzer is Henderson-Morrison Professor of Prehistory and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University. Dr. Meltzer received his Ph.D. at the University of Washington (1984). His research interests center on the origins, antiquity and adaptations of the first Americans who colonized the North American continent at the end of the Pleistocene (Ice Age). He seeks to explore how hunter-gatherers met the challenges of moving across and adapting to the vast, ecologically diverse landscape of Late Glacial North America, during a time of significant climate change. Dr. Meltzer is the author of numerous books including Folsom (2006), Search for the First Americans (1993), an
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