Abstract: Early Humans in the Americas: When Did They Arrive and Where Did They Come From?


The question of when humans first entered the Americas and by what routes has been one of the most vexing and controversial subjects in American archaeology for over 130 years.  We discuss the history of the controversy and offer new evidence from our own field and museum research that suggests humans entered the Americas thousands of years earlier than previously thought. However, the final answer to the question is still elusive and more research is needed.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Holen, S.R. and K. Holen, 2011  "Evidence of a Human Occupation of the North American Great Plains during the Last Glacial Maximum".  IV Simposio Internacianal:  El hombre temprano en America, edited by, J.C. Jimenez Lopez, C. Serrano Sanchez, A. Gonzalez Gonzalez, and F. J. Aguilar Arellano. Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia and Historia, pp. 85-105.

Holen, S. R., 2010  "The Age and Distribution of Bifacially Flaked Proboscidean Bone Technology". Quaternarie 3:135-136.

Holen, S.R., 2007  The Age and Taphonomy of Mammoths at Lovewell Reservoir, Jewel County, Kansas, USA. Quaternary International 169-170:51-63.

Holen, S.R., 2006  "Taphonomy of Two Last Glacial Maximum Mammoth Sites in the Central Great Plains: A Preliminary Report". Quaternary International 142-143:30-44.

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