Over 13,000 years ago ... those ancient people in North America at the end of the Ice Age were already using almost every source of good knapping stone which we kw about today. How could the Clovis culture possibly be the first people on this continent? Traveling, hunting and exploring all of this vast land on foot ... discovering and making extensive use of virtually every kwn stone resource in every corner of the continent ... all in a period of just 300 or 400 years? How was it possible for a small, pioneering population to discover everything, everywhere, with local inhabitants to guide their travels and discoveries, even as they spread their unique flint knapping techlogy from coast to coast in as few as 10 or 15 generations? Does it make practical sense to claim that one else was here exploring before the Clovis culture arrived? Perhaps the very idea that any single pioneering group would be able to and then actually would almost immediately discover all of the existing lithic resources stretches credulity to the breaking point. That's the heart and core of my theory in CLOVIS The First Americans? ... and I'm stickin' to it. What do you think?
F. Scott Crawford. Arrowhead collector since 1962. Publisher of the monthly e-magazine ACOTW Arrowhead Collecting On The Web. As an accomplished flint and obsidian knapper of ancient style tools and hunting weapons, the author brings a unique set of skills to the understanding of those ancient artifacts and the people who made them. CLOVIS The First Americans? began as a project in his e-magazine and reflects his attempt to understand one of the long-time puzzles of North America's human history. F. Scott Crawford lives in Carrollton, Texas.