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The Great Paleolithic War: How Science Forged an Understanding of America's Ice Age Past

David J. Meltzer


In the late 19th and early 20th century the effort to determine when humans first came to North America defined the emerging discipline of American archaeology. It did so not just because some of the best and brightest of several generations of archaeologists, glacial geologists, physical anthropologists and vertebrate paleontologists were attracted to it, though they were. Nor because they thought this was a significant problem, though they did. Rather, this problem loomed so large because it cut so deep into American archaeology's conceptual core, forcing the nascent field to confront hazine ... More

Keywords: scientific controversy, human antiquity, North America, archaeology, glacial geology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226293226
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226293363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Meltzer, author
Southern Methodist University