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Peopling of the New World: Central Controversies of the 21st Century
October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm EDT
10300 Forest Hill Blvd.
Wellington, FL 33414 United States
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: South Florida
Lecturer: Bonnie L. Pitblado
This lecture, which is based on a book Dr. Pitblado is writing by the same name, discusses the central controversies that structure contemporary debates about the “Peopling of the New World” at the end of the Ice Age (13,000+ years ago). Topics covered in the lecture include:
- Cause(s) of Pleistocene Megafauna Extinctions (Human overkill? Climate change? An Extra-terrestrial event?!)
- Timing of the Peopling of the Americas (13,000 years ago? 18,000? 30,000? 130,000?!)
- Route(s) from the Old World to the New (Bering Land Bridge/Ice-Free Corridor? Along the Pacific Rim by Boat? From Iberia via an Atlantic Ocean crossing?!)
“Peopling” scholars are a notoriously cantankerous bunch of scholars, and so in addition to overviewing the “hot topics” in the field, the lecture will also characterize the tenor of discussion, which has been heated—to put it mildly—for more than 100 years.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
The above Wikipedia link provides a reasonable overview of the various topics covered in the lecture. Otherwise, the best way for anyone to “taste” this subject is to do a “Google” search on “Peopling of the Americas” or “Peopling of the New World.” They will get thousands of hits and can pick and choose what they might like to read.