The Paleoindian Period
The discussion of the earliest populations to inhabit North America is almost guaranteed to stir the emotions of any archaeologist. In the sometimes acrimonious debate over early populations, strong opinions are cast, boundaries are quickly drawn, and the polemics often overshadow the real evidence. It was the early debate over the timing of the human entrance into the New World, in fact, that helped the archaeological record of the Chesapeake region gain its first real identity late in the nineteenth century. Even though archaeology has matured as a discipline, it still reserves a certain fascination for the earliest materials.
KeywordsCoastal Plain Late Pleistocene Archaeological Record Settlement System Boreal Ecosystem
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