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Monte Verde: Blessed But Not Confirmed

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Science  28 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5304, pp. 1256-1257
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5304.1256b

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When a team of archaeologists publicly accepted a disputed Chilean site as being 12,500 years old—and therefore proof of an early human presence in the Americas—the press compared it to the breaking of the sound barrier. But researchers say that the news on the site of Monte Verde amounted to the conversion of just two archaeologists—and that the debate isn't over yet.