Adovasio’s Wild Speculation on the Present

Archeologist James Adovasio interviewed by Michael Lemonick of the New Yorker speculates as to why fellow archeologists have been slow to accept the theory of pre-clovis humans in the Americas. Some of his comments sidestep the scientific debate by shaming fellow (white, male) archeologists:

“I mean, who but a male would think that the ancestors of modern Native Americans sprinted to South America and killed everything in their path?”

In another nod to the Departments of Anthropology across the country, he adds:

“It’s, in my opinion, simple racism that we never recognized before that the earliest populations in the Americas were capable of building boats.”

The comments show how debates in the murky field of Archeology leave ample space for speculation – even when analyzing the present.

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