By Rody L. Johnson
"A interesting recounting of the early discovery of a Paleolithic human and the problems that have been engendered by means of a variety of opposing clinical perspectives of the validity of the invention and its analysis."--Dennis Stanford, coauthor of Across Atlantic Ice: The starting place of America's Clovis Culture
"Since the site's discovery in the past, the entire tale of the outdated Vero website hasn't ever been told.
This is an informative and interesting account of this awesome web site and its historical past in American archaeology."--Thomas D. Dillehay, writer of The cost of the Americas: a brand new Prehistory
"Johnson has completely investigated, and remodeled right into a very readable narrative, a complete century of collected wisdom concerning the examine, controversy, and interest surrounding the previous Vero archaeological site."--Barbara A. Purdy, writer of Florida's humans over the past Ice Age
"An enticing account of the 1st Paleoindian web site stumbled on 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 global 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 came upon human continues to be 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 simply 6,000 years in the past. His declare was once snubbed by way of the pinnacle scientists of his day, he was once laughed out of the kingdom, Vero's repute 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 debate it sparked. within the years that undefined, different archaeological discoveries and the increase of radiocarbon courting validated that people did arrive in North the US ahead of formerly proposal. The cranium, besides the fact that, used to be by no means recovered, and lots of humans started to ask yourself: What precisely had Sellards came upon at Vero? And what else should be buried there?
One hundred years after the 1st Vero discovery, building plans threatened to hide up the mythical dig web site, and a band of electorate 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 positioning for a number of thousand years. ahead of the most recent excavations an etching on a bone probably 13,000 years previous used to be found that may be the oldest piece of paintings in the United States. Sellards were correct all along.
Many questions nonetheless stay. Who have been those humans? the place did they arrive from? and the way did they get right here? This e-book attracts readers into the previous, current, and way forward for probably the most ancient discoveries in American archaeology.
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An Ice Age Mystery: Unearthing the Secrets of the Old Vero Site by Rody L. Johnson