Clovis culture

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Noun1.Clovis culture - the Paleo-American culture of Central America and North America; distinguished chiefly by sharp fluted projectile points made of obsidian or chalcedony
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
Paleo-American culture, Paleo-Amerind culture, Paleo-Indian culture - the prehistoric culture of the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America
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Cracks have been appearing in the Clovis theory for some time, partly because scientists keep finding signs of human settlements in locations as distant as Chile that appear to pre-date the Clovis site.
In general, the scientific world accepted these tools as the oldest human artifacts in the Americas and used this culture to develop what is now called the Clovis theory of the peopling of the Americas.
Other researchers had discovered possible Paleoindian artifacts distinct from Clovis throughout South America, including several 11,500-year-old subtropical Brazilian rock art sites, but these were not widely publicized, and the strength of the Clovis theory tended to leave these finds in semi-obscurity.