Pre-Clovis Sites Fight for Acceptance

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Science  02 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5509, pp. 1730-1732
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5509.1730

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COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA-- A handful of archaeological sites across the Americas, including one here called "Topper," are modern-day battlegrounds, where iconoclastic researchers struggle to prove their claims of very ancient peopling of the Americas. Although skeptics continue to challenge early radiocarbon dates and the nature of some of the artifacts, some of these sites are slowly beginning to win acceptance.