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'Pre-Clovis' Site Fights for Recognition

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Science  14 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5464, pp. 247
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5464.247

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At the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, held last week in Philadelphia, a team of researchers presented evidence that humans camped many times on a site in Virginia dated to 18,000 years ago. Distinctive stone tools, found at a site called Cactus Hill, lie below artifacts typical of the Clovis people, who take their name from an 11,500-year-old site in Clovis, New Mexico. Many researchers are wary of the dates, but others say the results are a strike against the theory that the Clovis hunters were the first to people the Americas.