Early Man in the New World

Early Man in the New World

Early Man in the New World

Early Man in the New World

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During 1941 and 1942 my work in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs included the preparation of some educational films upon archaeological work in Mexico and South America. As a result I came to know and esteem the Director of the University Museum, George C. Vaillant. To my surprise and pleasure, when he learned of my interest in American archaeology, he proposed that we collaborate on a prehistory of the New World. When the war prevented active work together by taking him to Peru, I prepared what would have been the first two chapters of our book--the place of early man in the story of pre-Columbian America. Upon Vaillant's untimely death, I decided to study the subject more intensively, to add material on the Great Ice Age and early man in the Old World as well as the New, and to expand the two chapters into a book that I might dedicate to the man who had done so much for American archaeology in the twenty years of his work--George C. Vaillant.

Since this book is not the result of personal work in the field, but rather the product of the kind of research that is nothing more than reading and talking, I am in the debt of many men and books, and a welter of papers, pamphlets, and periodicals. I find it hard to believe that in any other branch of science so many overworked men and women would be so ready to give their time to talk and correspondence with the amateur. I am deeply indebted to more than two score who have gone out of their way to answer questions, lend books, or give reprints of papers. In listing them here I am more than certain that I have inadvertently omitted some: Edgar Anderson, Ernst Antevs, Ralph L. Beals, Junius Bird, Robert Braidwood, Henry J. Bruman, Kirk Bryan, George F. Carter, R. A. Daly, Helmut de Terra, Loren C. Eiseley, Richard F. Flint, James Gilluly, Harold S. Gladwin, M. R. Harrington, Frank C. Hibben, Frederick W. Hodge, Harry Hoijer, Earnest A. Hooton, W. W. Howells, Frederick R. Johnson, Arthur R. Kelly, G. H. R. von Koenigswald, Alex D. Krieger, Alfred L. Kroeber . . .

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