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Tip of the Spear: A New First Americans Discovery

Pack a pickaxe and join a troop of archaeologists unearthing a discovery that could change everything we know about ancient North America.
Tip of the Spear: A New First Americans Discovery is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 9.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great update on pre-Clovis! It's great to have these short, thorough updates on pre-Clovis material evidence to keep up with the field. Nice graphics too!
Date published: 2022-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! Well this is an interesting titbit by the professor. But I wonder why a separate topic for this short video. Perhaps it can be included as an extra video in one of his courses.
Date published: 2022-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short Update - no more, no less It's what it says on the tin - just a quick video to bring to people's attention recent findings, which are relevant not only to science as a whole but to one of the presenter's previous lecture series. Presenter speaks a bit slow for me personally and took a bit long to get the information across, but that could just be their style and/or a consequence of technology so I don't hold it against them. 4/5 stars, good, to the point, nothing spectacular but it doesn't claim to be
Date published: 2022-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but slightly strange This was interesting little video with some nice information...But it was a little strange that they dumped a 7 minute lesson/course into here. But I am going to share it with my stepson who collects arrowheads and other artifacts of that type.
Date published: 2022-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intersting Interesting, but not sure how of a course this wouldmake.
Date published: 2021-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Video will not load Not sure if it is because I’m using my mobile phone but the video will not load for me.
Date published: 2021-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Course will not load???? First time back sine the name change. tried the FIRST episode of interest.. Will not load???
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing! Shares latest development of earliest human traces in North America! And from Texas! I want more of this.
Date published: 2021-01-19
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Overview

Join the Director of the Maya Exploration Center to dig into an exciting new archaeological discovery that changes our current understanding of ancient North America.

About

Edwin Barnhart

In my own experience as an explorer, it's almost always the case that the locals knew where lost places were all along. The discoverer is just the first person to ask the right questions.

INSTITUTION

Maya Exploration Center

Dr. Edwin Barnhart is director of the Maya Exploration Center. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and has over 20 years of experience in North, Central, and South America as an archaeologist, explorer, and instructor. In 1994, Professor Barnhart discovered the ancient city of Maax Na (Spider-Monkey House), a major center of the Classic Maya period in northwestern Belize. In 1998 he was invited by the Mexican government to direct the Palenque Mapping Project, a three-year effort to survey and map the unknown sections of Palenque's ruins. The resultant map has been celebrated as one of the most detailed and accurate ever made of a Maya ruin. In 2003, he became the director of Maya Exploration Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of ancient Maya civilization. The center leads study-abroad courses for college students and tours for the general public in the ruins of the ancient Americas, among its other research and educational activities. Professor Barnhart has taught archaeology and anthropology at Southwest Texas State University, and currently teaches University of Texas travel courses for college professors on ancient Andean and Mesoamerican astronomy, mathematics, and culture. Over the last 10 years, he has appeared multiple times on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and Japanese NHK Public Television. He has published over a dozen papers and given presentations at eight international conferences.

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Stone Spear and the First Americans

01: Stone Spear and the First Americans

Up until now, the Clovis culture is the oldest identified culture we’ve found in North America. But new archaeology has uncovered a lance point that is not only distinctly different from the Clovis point, but appears to be older. This exciting find demonstrates proof of a culture before Clovis! Join Professor Edwin Barnhart, director of the Maya Exploration Center, to dig into this amazing find and deconstruct all the implications it brings about ancient civilizations of North America.

7 min