To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  History & Other Humanities  Archaeology

The Search for the First Americans Science, Power, Politics

By: Robert V Davis, Jr.(Author)
220 pages
The Search for the First Americans
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • The Search for the First Americans ISBN: 9780806192291 Paperback Mar 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
  • The Search for the First Americans ISBN: 9780806175911 Hardback Dec 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
Selected version: £18.95
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

Who were the First Americans? Where did they come from? When did they get here? Are they the ancestors of modern Native Americans? These questions might seem straightforward, but scientists in competing fields have failed to convince one another with their theories and evidence, much less Native American peoples. The practice of science in its search for the First Americans is a flawed endeavour, Robert V. Davis tells us. His book is an effort to explain why.

Most American history textbooks today teach that the First Americans migrated to North America on foot from East Asia over a land bridge during the last ice age, 12,000 to 13,000 years ago. In fact, that theory hardly represents the scientific consensus, and it has never won many Native adherents. In many ways, attempts to identify the first Americans embody the conflicts in American society between accepting the practical usefulness of science and honouring cultural values. Davis explores how the contested definition of "First Americans" reflects the unsettled status of Native traditional knowledge, scientific theories, research methodologies, and public policy as they vie with one another for legitimacy in modern America. In this light he considers the traditional beliefs of Native Americans about their origins; the struggle for primacy – or even recognition as science – between the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology; and the mediating, interacting, and sometimes opposing influences of external authorities such as government agencies, universities, museums, and the press.

Fossil remains from Mesa Verde, Clovis, and other sites testify to the presence of First Americans. What remains unsettled, as The Search for the First Americans makes clear, is not only who these people were, where they came from, and when, but also the very nature and practice of the science searching for answers.

Customer Reviews


Robert V. Davis Jr. holds a PhD in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech University. Since his retirement from public service with the federal government, he has focused his research and writing on the interactions between science and public policy.

By: Robert V Davis, Jr.(Author)
220 pages
Current promotions
Backlist BargainsBuyers GuidesNHBS Moth TrapBritish Wildlife Magazine