By Rody L. Johnson
"A attention-grabbing recounting of the early discovery of a Paleolithic human and the problems that have been engendered by means of quite a few opposing medical perspectives of the validity of the invention and its analysis."--Dennis Stanford, coauthor of Across Atlantic Ice: The beginning of America's Clovis Culture
"Since the site's discovery in the past, the total tale of the outdated Vero web site hasn't ever been told.
This is an informative and unique account of this striking web site and its historical past in American archaeology."--Thomas D. Dillehay, writer of The payment of the Americas: a brand new Prehistory
"Johnson has completely investigated, and reworked right into a very readable narrative, a whole century of amassed wisdom concerning the learn, controversy, and interest surrounding the previous Vero archaeological site."--Barbara A. Purdy, writer of Florida's humans over the last Ice Age
"An enticing account of the 1st Paleoindian website came upon in jap North America."--Robert S. Carr, writer of Digging Miami
"Johnson skillfully weaves a story of prehistoric lifestyles in Florida with the 100-year seek to appreciate that lengthy misplaced international on the Vero Site."--Andy Hemmings, Florida Atlantic University
In 1916, to the surprise of the clinical neighborhood and the realm at huge, a Florida geologist stumbled on human is still combined with the bones of prehistoric animals in a Vero seashore canal and proclaimed that people had lived in North the USA because the Ice Age. those new findings via Elias Sellards flew within the face of winning knowledge, which held that people first got here to the continent basically 6,000 years in the past. His declare was once snubbed via the pinnacle scientists of his day, he was once laughed out of the kingdom, Vero's popularity declined, and the cranium Sellards found--famously referred to as "Vero guy "--was lost.
An Ice Age Mystery tells the tale of Sellards's intriguing locate and the talk it sparked. within the years that undefined, different archaeological discoveries and the increase of radiocarbon courting proven that people did arrive in North the USA ahead of formerly idea. The cranium, even though, was once by no means recovered, and plenty of humans started to ask yourself: What precisely had Sellards came across at Vero? And what else should be buried there?
One hundred years after the 1st Vero discovery, development plans threatened to hide up the mythical dig web site, and a band of voters and archaeologists protested. Excavations have been reopened. Archaeologists exposed 14,000-year-old burnt mammal bones and charcoal, indicators of a human presence, and located additional facts to point a continual human profession of the location for a number of thousand years. sooner than the most recent excavations an etching on a bone in all probability 13,000 years outdated was once chanced on which may be the oldest piece of paintings in the United States. Sellards have been correct all along.
Many questions nonetheless stay. Who have been those humans? the place did they arrive from? and the way did they get the following? This e-book attracts readers into the prior, current, and way forward for the most historical discoveries in American archaeology.
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An Ice Age Mystery: Unearthing the Secrets of the Old Vero Site by Rody L. Johnson