New research and the discovery of multiple archaeological sites predating the established age of Clovis (13 000 years ago) provide evidence that the Americas were first colonized at least one thousand to two thousand years before Clovis. These revelations indicate to researchers that the peopling of the Americas was perhaps a more complex process than previously thought. The Clovis culture remains the benchmark for chronological, technological, and adaptive comparisons in research on peopling of the Americas.
In Clovis: On the Edge of a New Understanding, volume editors Ashley Smallwood and Thomas Jennings bring together the work of many researchers actively studying the Clovis complex. The contributing authors presented earlier versions of these chapters at the Clovis: Current Perspectives on Chronology, Technology, and Adaptations symposium held at the 2011 Society for American Archaeology meetings in Sacramento, California. In seventeen chapters, the researchers provide their current perspectives of the Clovis archaeological record as they address the question: What is and what is not Clovis?
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Ashley M. Smallwood is director of the Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archaeological Laboratory in the department of anthropology at the University of West Georgia, USA. She is coeditor, with Mike Waters, of Clovis Lithic Technology: Investigation of a Stratified Workshop at the Gault Site, Texas.
Thomas A. Jennings, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Georgia, USA, is also coeditor of Clovis Lithic Technology.