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VIRTUAL - Finding the First Americans: New Perspectives on the Peopling of the New World
February 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EST Eastern Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Toledo
Lecturer: Todd J. Braje
Little more than two decades ago, most archaeologists believed they knew when and how the Americas were first settled. Archaeological discoveries in southern Chile and a variety of early sites throughout the American West have fundamentally changed everything we thought we knew about the first human migrants to the New World. Today, there are more questions than answers about the origins of the First Americans, a situation that has stimulated new ideas and reinvigorated theories once considered marginal. Answers might be found along our Pacific shorelines, where the floral and faunal giants of California such as kelp forests and sea mammals may have facilitated the peopling of the Americas. Research being conducted at San Diego State University is attempting to answer these questions by looking under the sea, in the largest scientific effort ever undertaken to identify submerged archaeological sites along California’s Pacific Coast.