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Comment on “Clovis and Western Stemmed: Population Migration and the Meeting of Two Technologies in the Intermountain West” by Charlotte Beck and George T. Jones

  • Stuart J. Fiedel (a1) and Juliet E. Morrow (a2)

Abstract

Beck and Jones (2010) assert that Clovis “was not first in the Intermountain West”; Western Stemmed points are older than fluted points; and the stemmed point makers derived from a hypothetical pre-13,000 cal B.P. Pacific Coast migration. A less tendentious review of the data suggests instead that Western Stemmed follows Clovis in this region, as previously inferred by Willig and Aikens.

Resumen

Beck y Jones (2010) afirman que: Clovis “no fue la primera [cultura] en el oeste entre las montañas”; las puntas Western Stemmed (pedunculadas) son más antiguas que las puntas canaladas; y las poblaciones que fabricaron las puntas peduncu-ladas tuvieron una migración hipotética a lo largo de la costa pacifica más temprano que 13.000 años calendricos antes del presente. Estas afirmaciones están basadas en evidencia incompleta, selectiva, y malinterpretada. Una revisión menos tendenciosa de los datos nos sugiere en cambio que Western Stemmed viene después de Clovis en esta región, como han inferido anteriormente Willig y Aikens.

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