Lecture 1 Part 1 – Why Study Ancient North America?
When did people first arrive in the Americas?
o One of the major focuses of archaeological research in North America
Reasons why people are so interested:
o Mystique – cultures and the way they changed over time, farther back
in time you go the more different they were from what we know
o Excitement - harder to find these sites
o Intellectual/Scientific Reasons: central to the discipline of
anthropology, questioned since the arrival of the Europeans, began a
new scholarly approach to find out how they got there
o Area in which all kinds of anthropology can work together –
recently they have started to diverge, but this brings them back
together otherwise we would not fully understand