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1 July 2008 The Solutrean Atlantic Hypothesis: A View from the Ocean
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One current hypothesis for the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas invokes a dispersal by European hunter-gatherers along a biologically productive “corridor” situated on the edge of the sea-ice that filled the Atlantic Ocean during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). In this paper, we assert that critical paleoceanographic data underpinning this hypothesis has not yet been examined in sufficient detail. To this end, we present data which show that the corridor may not have existed, and that, if it did, its suitability as a migration route is highly questionable. In addition to demonstrating that the hypothesized migration was unlikely, this highlights the importance of integrating paleoceanographic and archaeological data in studies of paleo-coastal societies.
Kieran Westley and Justin Dix "The Solutrean Atlantic Hypothesis: A View from the Ocean," Journal of the North Atlantic 1(1), (1 July 2008). https://doi.org/10.3721/J080527
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