Paleoamerican Odyssey

Paleoamerican Odyssey

Paleoamerican Odyssey

Paleoamerican Odyssey

Synopsis

As research continues on the earliest migration of modern humans into North and South America, the current state of knowledge about these first Americans is continually evolving.

Especially with recent advances in human genomic studies, both of living populations and ancient skeletal remains, new light is being shed in the ongoing quest toward understanding the full complexity and timing of prehistoric migration patterns.

Paleoamerican Odyssey collects thirty-one studies presented at the 2013 conference by the same name, hosted in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M University.

Providing an up-to-date view of the current state of knowledge in paleoamerican studies, the research gathered in this volume, presented by leaders in the field, focuses especially on late Pleistocene Northeast Asia, Beringia, and North and South America, as well as dispersal routes, molecular genetics, and Clovis and pre-Clovis archaeology.

Excerpt

This volume, Paleoamerican Odyssey, was created as a companion to the Paleoamerican Odyssey Conference, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 17–19, 2013. Over the past 14 years since the Clovis and Beyond Conference, continued research in peopling of the Americas studies has taken us a long way. We now recognize that human dispersal to the Western Hemisphere was a complicated process. Renewed archaeological research in far-reaching places and contributions made in the studies of human molecular genetics and paleontology have transformed understanding of this process. the conference and companion volume bring together leading scholars from around the world currently researching the problem. With this volume, we present in full text 31 of the 37 original papers presented at the conference in October.

Special thanks are given to the list of contributors. Thanks to their diligence, chapters were prepared in a timely fashion, insuring external review and revision during the 12 months leading up to the conference. Without their attention, this book would never have been brought to fruition, especially in time to be distributed at the conference. Two reviewers commented on each paper so that more than 50 scholars participated in the review process. the editors are grateful to them for their willingness to contribute in this capacity. Without their timely responses the book would never have been completed in time for pre-conference print.

Caroline Ketron was instrumental in helping manage submissions and reviews and proof-reading chapters. Michael Waters developed the initial list of speakers and contributors and was especially helpful near the end of production while we were in the field. Ted Goebel contributed to the original concept and organization of the speaker list for the conference and hence the contributor list for the volume. He also provided invaluable advice throughout the production process. Jim and Char Chandler supplied excellent and muchappreciated copy-editing and page-layout skills and services. Without their devotion to detail, this volume would never have left the ground. in addition to being an excellent archaeologist, Heather Smith is gifted in graphic design and provided the cover design.

Many thanks go to the Center board and members for helpful suggestions and continued support. We are immensely grateful to Robert and Sharon Wilson for their generous donation, which helped to support the conference and publish this volume. Funding for the publication of this volume was also provided by the many donations received in memory of Lile Mecom Mullins.

Kelly E. Graf

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