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Near Pioneer in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Peopling of the Americas

 

—Poverty Point World Heritage Site —

 
Peopling of the Americas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Peopling of the Americas Marker
Inscription. The people of Poverty Point were the ancestors of modern American Indians. But, people lived in North America long before Poverty Point. How and when did the first American Indians arrive on the continent?

For many years, archaeologists thought the Clovis culture was the oldest in the Americas. Clovis sites date to about 11,000 BC. They have distinctive stone points that are often found with the bones of extinct animals, especially mammoths.

Genetic studies show that American Indians descended from the people of northeast Asia. Based on the rate of genetic change, the two groups may have separated around 23,000 BC. Most scientists think people moved from Asia into the Americas by an inland path or by a coastal path. One route is from northeast Asia, across the Bering Land Bridge and through an ice-free corridor. The other route is along the West Coast of North America.

The timing of the earliest migration into America remains unsettled, but one thing is clear: the peopling of America didn't happen in a single migration event. Multiple groups, all descended from a northeast Asian population, moved into this new land at different times.

[Map caption]
Map showing possible migration routes of people entering North America from Siberia across the Bering Land
Peopling of the Americas Marker - second from left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. Peopling of the Americas Marker - second from left.
Bridge. Thicker lines indicate earlier migrations, and thinner lines indicate later migrations.

 
Erected by the State of Louisiana.
 
Location. 32° 38.152′ N, 91° 24.218′ W. Marker is near Pioneer, Louisiana, in West Carroll Parish. Marker can be reached from Louisiana Route 577 1.2 miles north of Louisiana Route 134. Touch for map. Located near the Poverty Point Heritage Site Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6859 Hwy. 577, Pioneer LA 71266, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Poverty Point Artifacts (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point World Heritage Site (here, next to this marker); After Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); Before Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); The Natural and Cultural Environment (here, next to this marker); This is Poverty Point (here, next to this marker); The Poverty Point Landscape (here, next to this marker); Poverty Point Earthworks (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pioneer.
 
Also see . . .  The Peopling of the American Continents - UCLA. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Poverty Point World Heritage Site entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. Poverty Point World Heritage Site entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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