July 19, 2012

Three major PreColumbian migrations into the Americas … (revisited)

Filed under: Pre-Clovis — ArchaeoFriend @ 6:03 am

Periodically, the settlement of the Americas comes into the news again (see ArchaeoBlog entries for 2007, for example — does that make it now longer NEWs?).  And yet, it seems to come to basically the same thing I read back in 1986 in this article by Greenberg and others:  genetic and linguistic evidence points to three main pulses of settlement — the earliest and largest being the Amerind, with Na-Dene and Eskimo/Aleut following.  (Which, of course, differs from traditional First Peoples’ accounts, such as that of Raven finding people in a clamshell on the beach, as seen on the lower left of the Canadian $20 bill, below):

raven creation of people

(The image is based on this exceptional piece of art)

 raven carving

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