40 years ago specialists led by archeologist H. Marie Wormington
nominated the first earliest American sites as National Historic Landmarks.
That pioneering initiative—which mirrored the then-prevailing view of
the first inhabitants as big game hunters on the western prairies—bestowed
landmark status on New Mexico’s Clovis and Folsom sites, along with
nine other properties, all west of the Mississippi Valley.
But the western focus left gaps in understanding as well as
representation. The study
underpinning this web site–which casts a net for landmarks east of the
Mississippi–promises to change that. Discoveries by interdisciplinary
teams are shining new light on Ice Age human ecology. Recovery of fish
scales, charred nutshells, and other delicate plant and animal
remains permit detailed reconstructions of what people ate and how
their bodies endured the environmental tumult of the Ice Age.