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  • Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America's Clovis Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bruce A. Bruce A. Bradley, Denis J. Stanford
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
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    Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. The presence of these early New World people was established by distinctive stone tools belonging to the Clovis culture. But are the Clovis tools Asian in origin? Drawing from original archaeological analysis, paleoclimatic research, and genetic studies, noted archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley challenge the old narrative.

    S. Wells says: "Ice Cold story"
    "Ice Cold story"
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    Given the subject matter and the reviews suggesting that the authors had some good evidence for rejecting the land bridge theory of migration of the first Americans from Asia, I was really looking forward to this presentation.
    It was, however, the driest book I have read or heard in a long time (and that is saying a lot, as I am a physician and read dry scientific studies every day). And the reader was up to the task; I have not in a long time heard such a monotonous reading. The information could be good--how would I know? This book might better lend itself, along with illustrations and footnotes, to a written form, rather than audio. After listening, I don"t intend to find out.
    However, the premise is still an exciting one, and if the authors are capable, and find a good editor with a strong swing of red ink, they might just rewrite a plausible version of either a good technical journal or a good popular archeologic rending of their findings and hypothesis. Either would be welcome.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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