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Paleoindians in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 23, No. 3
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Issue editors: Jesse A.M. Ballenger and Vance T. Holliday

The Fin del Mundo site in Sonora, Mexico

The Fin del Mundo site in Sonora, Mexico

El Fin del Mundo is an important Paleoindian site in Sonora that was recently discovered by researchers from the Argonaut Archaeological Research Fund at the University of Arizona and researchers from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Image credit: Henry D. Wallace.

This issue of Archaeology Southwest Magazine reviews some of the big picture questions in Paleoindian research today: who were the first peoples to reach the Americas? When did they arrive? What was the relationship between the makers of Clovis spear points and the extinction of megafauna? Contributors focus on data recovered from sites in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Sonora. Many of these research programs are supported by endowments established by Joe and Ruth Cramer, whose philanthropy is changing the direction of Paleoindian research throughout North America.

Articles include:

Paleoindians in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico — Vance T. Holliday, University of Arizona; Michael Bever, ICF Jones & Stokes; and David J. Meltzer, Southern Methodist University

Current Paleoindian Research in Sonora, Mexico — Edmund P. Gaines, University of Arizona, and Guadalupe Sánchez, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

El Fin del Mundo — Guadalupe Sánchez, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia; Edmund P. Gaines and Vance T. Holliday, University of Arizona; and Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Reassessing Naco, Arizona’s First Clovis Site — Jesse A.M. Ballenger, University of Arizona

Mammoths in the San Pedro Valley, Arizona — Jessica Z. Metcalfe, University of Western Ontario

Among the First New Mexicans: The Mockingbird Gap Clovis Site — Bruce B. Huckell, University of New Mexico

Excavations at Two Folsom Sites in the Middle Rio Grande Valley — Bruce B. Huckell, University of New Mexico

Life on the Plains of San Agustin — Matthew E. Hill Jr., University of Iowa

The Estancia Basin — William Reitze, University of Arizona

The Malpais Model: Pre-Clovis in the Sierra Pinacate, Mexico? — Michael P. Heilen, Statistical Research, Inc.

Extraterrestrial Impact in North America 12,900 Years Ago? — Todd A. Surovell, University of Wyoming

Murray Springs: A World-Class Site is Threatened — William H. Doelle, Center for Desert Archaeology

Back Sight — William H. Doelle, President & CEO, Center for Desert Archaeology

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