Strangers in a New Land: What Archaeology Reveals about the First Americans


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Firefly Books
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9.1 X 1.1 X 11.0 inches | 3.9 pounds
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About the Author

J. M. Adovasio has overseen over four decades of archaeological research at the renowned Meadowcroft Rockshelter, one of the best dated pre-Clovis sites in the Western Hemisphere. Adovasio is author of over 250 journal articles and five books, including, with Olga Soffer, The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory. He is currently a Research Associate of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

David Pedler is Editor at the Lighting Research Center, School of Architecture, Rensselaer University and a Research Associate of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.


This lavishly illustrated work gives a comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving field of New World archaeology--Publishers Weekly (01/16/2017)
Highly recommended. All public and general collections and undergraduate libraries.-- (03/01/2017)
By organizing the book around key sites with generous illustrations, Adovasio and Pedler present readers with a thorough tour of the sites, assemblages, and material evidence associated with the colonization event... The book provides a concise and beautifully illustrated trip through these individual sites and artifacts, which goes a long way toward providing an explanation of what is and is not currently known.-- (09/01/2017)
This large format book is lavishly illustrated and written for the general reader, and the in-depth description of the thirty-five key early sites is the first of its kind. It is a must-read book for all of us, archaeologists and lay people alike, who are interested in the story of how the Americas were colonized.-- (12/01/2016)
Explores the major archaeological sites in the Americas and details their place in the ongoing debate as to who colonized the Americas and how. The book is divided into two parts. Part one is entitled "Questions and Answers" and addresses the who, how, when, and why conundrum. Part two, "The Evidence," examines 24 archaeological sites organized into four categories... For each site, a narrative is provided that describes the history of the archaeological work undertaken and a description of the most important artifacts discovered along with an explanation of their context within the debate over the peopling of the Americas. Also included are copious illustrations, maps, and photographs, many in full color and some the size of an entire page. Appendixes include a glossary and a nine-page explanation of carbon dating that includes the carbon dates for the artifacts discussed in the main body of the work. Concluding the book is a bibliography and index. This work is highly recommended to all libraries as it details a scientific debate that continues to roil the archeological community in language that is easily understandable by lay readers.-- (03/01/2018)