One. Early Population Flows in the Western Hemisphere

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Tom D. Dillehay Chair Distinguished Professor

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch1

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Dillehay, T. D. (2010) Early Population Flows in the Western Hemisphere, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. Vanderbilt University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633

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Keywords:

  • early population flows - in the western hemisphere;
  • early history of human exploration and achievement - in the Americas, archeological, paleoecological, biological and linguistic data;
  • human settlement in the New World - spanning the late Pleistocene and early Holocene period;
  • eastern woodlands of the United States - sites ancestral to widely documented, 11,300-year-old Clovis culture;
  • pre-Clovis populations, in the New World - 20,000 and 15,000 years ago;
  • language and genetics, not changing - but language replacement occurring rapidly;
  • early archeological sites, narrow range of cultural materials - and internal site traits;
  • New World during - the Last Glacial Maximum;
  • social and ritual life of earliest Americans - nothing known, of their mortuary practices and religious beliefs;
  • continuities and complexities in the New world - early holocene foragers, economic and technological patterns restructuring of society

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Setting the Stage

  • The Pre-Clovis and Clovis Dilemma

  • Interdisciplinary Evidence and Words of Caution

  • The New World during the Last Glacial Maximum

  • Extinction of Megafauna

  • Motivating Migration

  • Continuities and Complexities

  • Epilogue

  • bibliography