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On the Pleistocene Antiquity of Monte Verde, Southern Chile

  • David J. Meltzer (a1), Donald K. Grayson (a2), Gerardo Ardila (a3), Alex W. Barker (a4), Dena F. Dincauze (a5), C. Vance Haynes (a6), Francisco Mena (a7), Lautaro Nunez (a8) and Dennis J. Stanford (a9)...

Abstract

The potential importance of the Monte Verde site for the peopling of the New World prompted a detailed examination of the collections from that locality, as well as a site visit in January 1997 by a group of Paleoindian specialists. It is the consensus of that group that the MV-II occupation at the site is both archaeological and 12,500 years old, as T. Dillehay has argued. The status of the potentially even older material at the site (MV-1, ∼ 33,000 B.P.) remains unresolved.

La importancia potencial del sitio Monte Verde para el poblamiento del Nuevo Mundo estimuló un examen detallado de las colecciones de esa localidad y una visita al sitio en enero de 1997 por un grupo de especialistas en el Paleoindio. Es el consensu de ese grupo que la ocupación MV-II en el sitio es arqueológica y de 12.500 años de edad, tal como ha arguido T. Dillehay. El estatus del material potencialmente más antiguo en el sitio (MV-1, 33.000 a. P.) continúa sin resolverse.

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