First Inhabitants of America's

Kristen M. Beckett (kmbecket@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Sat, 4 Feb 1995 12:09:18 -0500

I have found that an increasing number of archaeologists are challanging
both the date and place of entry to the New World.
There seem to be some sites in South America which predate the
North American Clovis boundry of 12,000 years. It seems to me that this
would suggest that people were inhabiting the America's before 12,000
years ago, and possibly as early as 50,000 years ago. Also, the fact that
the earliest sites are found in South America seriously conflicts with the
traditional Beringia entry model.
What do all you New World archaeologists think of this? How would the
earlier entry date effect current models? How does the earliest sites
being represented in South America effect current thinking?
There seems to be enough sources supporting an early entry with the
possibility of South America as the point of entry, to suggest this might
be something worth investigating.
I look forward to hearing your opinions.

Kristen M. Beckett
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