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When did people first come to North America is a highly publicized question in archaeology This question has been the focal point of many archaeologists careers Although this question is really no more important than any other unanswered archaeological question it remains a cataclysm for many if not all North American archaeologists To the North American archaeologist the migration of humans from Siberia to North America is a topic of dispute no matter what his or her field of study might be Although the commonly accepted theory of 12000 years ago is by far the more common side to pick in the argument there is not any evidence to support this as the only possible time of migration But there is no evidence to disprove this theory either To most people the theory of human settlement in North America 12000 years ago is commonly proposed and accepted but any archaeologist knows this to be just that a theory What this means is that a theory will never satisfy everybody When the search for humans entering North America first started there was a constant battle to see who could find the oldest sight With each new discovery the age of migration into North America got pushed back until there seemed to be an agreement With the discovery of Clovis remains it was thought that with such wide distribution of similar points and tools that this had to be the first migration This may be a correct hypothesis but the search for pre-Clovis sights is still being pursued to this day Pre-Clovis sights range from 30000 or 40000 years ago to an almost unbelievable 200000 years ago With the exception of a few sights like Monte Verde and Meadowcroft Rockshelter pre-Clovis sights have been proven to be false time after time With modern advances in excavation techniques and radio-carbon dating the possibility for finding a pre-Clovis sight is becoming harder Geologic evidence supports the Clovis theory too
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