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1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus / Charles C. Mann.

"A study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492." "Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong." "In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN 140004006X
Dewey 970.01
Author Mann, Charles C.
Title 1491 : new revelations of the Americas before Columbus / Charles C. Mann.
Edition 1st ed.
Published New York : Knopf, 2005.
Physical description 462 p. ill. b&w photos, maps, ports. 25 cm.
Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents note Introduction : Holmberg's mistake -- 1. A view from above -- 2. Why Billington survived -- 3. In the land of four quarters -- 4. Frequently asked questions -- 5. Pleistocene wars -- 6. Cotton (or anchovies) and maize (tales of two civilizations, part I) -- 7. Writing, wheels, and bucket brigades (tales of two civilizations, part II) -- 8. Made in America -- 9. Amazonia -- 10. The artificial wilderness -- 11. The great law of peace -- App. A. Loaded words -- App. B. Talking knots -- App. C. The syphilis exception -- App. D. Calendar math.
Summary "A study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492." "Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus's landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong." "In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Indians -- Origin
Indians -- History
Indians -- Antiquities
America -- Antiquities
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