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Archaeological and Paleontological Research in Lagoa Santa

The Quest for the First Americans

  • Pedro Da-Gloria
  • Walter A. Neves
  • Mark Hubbe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pedro Da-Gloria, Walter A. Neves, Mark Hubbe
    Pages 1-7
  3. History of Research in Lagoa Santa

  4. Research Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Danilo Vicensotto Bernardo, Walter A. Neves
      Pages 233-252
    3. Pedro Da-Gloria, Rodrigo Elias Oliveira
      Pages 253-274
    4. André Strauss
      Pages 275-295
    5. Lucas de Melo Reis Bueno, Andrei Isnardis
      Pages 345-371
    6. Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo, Luís Beethoven Piló
      Pages 373-391
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 393-401

About this book

Introduction

This groundbreaking volume presents, for the first time in English, a broad historical review of the researches carried out over 170 years in the region of Lagoa Santa, Brazil, one of the most important archaeological regions in the Americas. From the pioneering work of the Danish naturalist Peter Lund in the 19th century to the recent research on the dispersion of early humans across South America, led by Walter A. Neves and colleagues, Lagoa Santa has offered remarkable findings, the largest collections of early human skeletons in the Americas, and has contributed to the overall discussions about the settlement of the Americas.

This edited volume aims to fill the lack of publications in English about Lagoa Santa and to gather representatives of all the main Brazilian institutions directly involved in the archaeological and paleontological investigations in the region, in order to provide the international scientific community a comprehensive and complete account of the researches that contributed to rewrite the history of the peopling of the Americas.

The book is organized in two parts. The first consists of chapters describing each of the interventions in the region, beginning with the pioneering work of Peter Lund and culminating with the latest intervention led by Walter A. Neves and his team. The second part of the book consists of reviews of current relevant research foci in the region, such as migrations, health, mortuary rituals, paleontology, rock art, technology, and geoarchaeology.

Keywords

Settlement of the Americas History of Archaeology Archaeology of Central Brazil Peter Lund Brazilian Archaeology Paleo-Americans Luzia Lapa do Santo Lapa das Boleiras First Americans South American Archaeology Physical Anthropology Oldest Human Skeleton found in America Lagoa Santa Paleo-Indians

Editors and affiliations

  • Pedro Da-Gloria
    • 1
  • Walter A. Neves
    • 2
  • Mark Hubbe
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory for Human Evolutionary and Ecological Studies Department of Evolutionary Biology and Genetics in the Biosciences InstituteUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratory for Human Evolutionary and Ecological Studies Department of Evolutionary Biology and Genetics in the Biosciences InstituteUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57466-0
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57465-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57466-0
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