Institute of Archaeology


Early peopling of Central and South America

James Steele is co-ordinating the compilation of a geo-referenced database of early dates for human occupation in Central and South America. The database will be constructed using existing published measurements but possibly also undertaking limited targeted re-dating of key sites. The database shall be used to constrain simulation models of population expansion while output will also be used to predict spatial and temporal trends in cultural diversity in Palaeoindian populations.

This is a continuation of a project previously reported as part of the work of the AHRC Centre for the Evolution of Cultural Diversity.

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