Monte Verde Mystery
Deadline: Monday, October 1, 2012

Scientists have dated Monte Verde, an archaeological site in Chile, as being at least 12,500 years old. Monte Verde is located 10,000 miles south of the Bering Strait, the narrow channel of water between Alaska and Russia.

The Monte Verde findings have caused archaeologists to question how early peoples migrated to this area. Artifacts discovered in North America, in places like Clovis, New Mexico, and the Topper Site in South Carolina have been shown to be "younger" than Monte Verde.

  • If early peoples entered North America via the Bering Land Bridge, how is it possible that a site located close to the bottom of South America have older artifacts than in North America? 
  • Is there another way that early peoples could have migrated to South America?

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Francesca Jones
27/9/2012

If they entered North America via the Bering Land Bridge, I think that they found older artifacts in Monte Verde, Chile because Monte Verde is next to the sea, so the Paleo Indians will have entered the country by Sea travel because there will have been a goal of theirs, like capturing animals, for example ; buffalos, which is a big animal to help them survive. I think they will have gone by sea because maybe at the time in North America they realised that there were glaciers. I think they need to retrace the steps because it could have been possible that there were people in South America before North America.

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27/9/2012

1.Because people had been living in America over 10,000 years before European colonists arrived.Around 100 different nations of Native Americans were scatterred across America's vast lands,they spoke many differant languages and followed different ways of life.Hunting,fishing or farming,depending on local climate , plants and soils.But they all shared similer religous beliefs.So it could have been possible there were people iin South America before noth America.

2.They could have migrated by boats.

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Lauren T
27/9/2012

I agree with Francesca.
I think that the paleo- Indians seemed to have traveled this way, because they used the land bridge from Asia (Eurasia) to Chile and then they visited North America via the Land Bridge again. They walked alongside herbivores, by foot, and then traveled the coast line by boat.

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luca
28/9/2012

I think that the pleo-Indias went this way because of the buffalo, and the way the buffalo move when the different seasons come. Maybe they stayed there because there was better soil to plant and to grow crops.

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luca
28/9/2012

2: for number 2 i kind of agree with Francesca because i have thought of another way. but i don't think that the boats in that time would be strong enough to travel that way. for me question 2 is really hard.

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jordi
29/9/2012

I think the paleoindians move to another site because of herd of buffalo.
The buffalo are moving tohave good grass also the paleoindians moved because were they were,they land was not good for to grow plants.
also if the paleoindians were hunting buffalo if they don't gather berries.if they stay hunting buffalos the buffalos wourld be excused

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Artur Ganeev
29/9/2012

If Monte Verde is more old archeological site, than Clovis, I think that people entered South America by Sea, because it seems there were no Bering Land Bridge at this time. And I think this were't Paleo-Indians but another tribes whom came there before Paleo indians.

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Marc
29/9/2012

I'm not agree with you guys, because if in Monte Verde, there were poeple before the Paleo Indians came to America, means that there were poeple living in South America before them, which means that they were living in a island or a pleace near South America and they did a total independent trip to South America, or maybe they were created there

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luca
30/9/2012

Im agreeing with Marc because if there is no possible way they got there then maybe they were just created there.

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Barack Obama
30/9/2012

In my opinion, I consider reasonably, that in a bracket of 2.000 and 3.000 years (between 15.000 and 12.000), human migrations succeeded coming from different origins: Northern Asia through the Bering Land Bridge, Polynesia or why not, from Africa like Thor Eyerdhal with the Kon Tiki (a boat) expedition proved it and Europe, with the Vikings, crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

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Lauren A
30/9/2012

I believe that that the inhabitants of Monte Verde came by boat long before the Ice Age. They couldn't have walked on the land bridge because there would have been plenty of evidence that the area was lived in. Also they could not have crossed the Sea during the Ice Age because it would have been to cold and hard to navigate with so many glaciers. Also I agree with Artur that there must have been more Indian tribes.

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30/9/2012

I think the paleo indians went by boat to South America and they got there before the other people and then they left.

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Maria B.
30/9/2012

I have 2 posibilities:

1. Paleo Indians went by boat to South America.

2. When Paleo Indians came to North America, there were wild a dangerous animals, so they decided to move to South America, because it is more savier for the tribe.

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Chris Herrera
30/9/2012

1 I think they entered in Monte Verde by the sea. South América, is more probable that there were probably people living there already. The búfalo moved when different seasons come.

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Kristinita
2/10/2012

Dear Mr.Hendricks this is my homework for this Monday.I did this homework 26 minutes please read that!
Q1:because the people or Paleo-Indians who crossed the Land Bridge and went to the North America went to the South America because they dont had food there and than they go to the South America with all the artifacts and all the stuff what they had ..And the answer is :they take all the artifacts and they went to the South America ..or another answer...before Paleo-Indiands was there another peoples .....I just think this but I dont think that my answer is correct .
Q2 Maybe yes because first peoples was in Africa and than they go to the Europe, Russia and Asia and than Paleo-Indiands crossed the Land Bridge . But maybe before was there another peoples or Paleo-Indiands. And when Archeology saw the artifacts they think that is Paleo.Indiands artifacts ..But Paleo-Indiands which crossed the Land bridge and they went FIRST went to the North America and thanthey go to the South America. And Archeology think that is this Paleo.Indiands but maybe was there another Paleo-Indiands or anothe peoples or anothe Human race ..
I THINK THIS !!! Or i think that you re prepared the gimmick for us!!!!!
Kristína Bašková

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