THE PRE-CLOVIS CULTURES
By Steven Beasley
There are many new and interesting facts coming to light regarding the peopling of the Americas. The “Clovis-first” hypothesis has been abandoned and new ideas are swirling around us with new data that must be reviewed and tested. Much of the information presented here comes directly from the Paleo and Beyond Conference that was held in October 2013.
In reviewing the present data, the radio carbon dating method, developed in the 1940’s and later refined in the 1950’s, has been the preferred dating method thus far. Sites that have provided much of the data being reviewed has come from the Monte Verde site in southern Chile, the Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Pennsylvania, Cactus Hill in Virginia, Paisley Caves at Five Mile Point in Oregon, the Page-Ladson site in the Aucilla River of Florida, the Gault and Friedkin sites in south-central Texas, Smith Creek Cave in Nevada, Danger Cave in Utah, Connely Cave 5 in Oregon, the Cooper’s Ferry site in the lower Salmon River of Idaho, and the Dietz site in Oregon. Each of these sites has their own unique evidence to offer and each will be summarized in the articles listed below.
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