What’s coming down the road: In 2019, I completed the revisions for a second edition of my First peoples in a new world. Also, with co-authors Brian Andrews and Mark Stiger and others, we wrapped up the monograph, The Mountaineer site: a Folsom winter camp in the Rockies, based on our long term excavations at this important high-elevation, Late Pleistocene age site. Both volumes have been accepted for publication – by Cambridge University Press and the University Press of Colorado (respectively) – and will appear in 2020. Various articles are in the works as well. Watch this space.

What’s already out – some recent & selected publications (where the number of authors exceeds five, only the first five are listed):

2019 Emslie, S. and D.J. Meltzer, Late Quaternary vertebrates from the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado, and small-mammal community resilience to climate change since the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary Research 92:388–407. [pdf]

2019 Sikora, M., V.V. Pitulko, V.C. Sousa, M.E. Allentoft, L. Vinner et al. Ancient genomics reveals three prehistoric migrations into northeastern Siberia and the genetic origins of Native Americans. Nature 570:182-188. [pdf]

2019 Story, B.A., M.I. Eren, K. Thomas, B. Buchanan & D.J. Meltzer, Why are Clovis fluted points more resilient than non-fluted lanceolate points? A quantitative assessment of breakage patterns between experimental models. Archaeometry 61:1-13. [pdf]

2018 Eren, M.I., D.J. Meltzer & B.N. Andrews, Is Clovis technology unique to Clovis? PaleoAmerica 4:202-218. [pdf]

2018 Meltzer, D.J. The origins, antiquity and dispersal of the first Americans. In The Human Past, C. Scarre, ed., pp. 149-171. 4th edition. Thames and Hudson, London.

2018 Moreno-Mayar, J.V., L. Vinner, P. de Barros Damgaard, C. de la Fuente, J. Chan et al., Early human dispersals within the Americas.Science 362:1128 [print summary], eaav2621-1-11 [online article] [pdf]

2018 Moreno-Mayar, J.V., B.A. Potter, L. Vinner, M. Steinrücken, S. Rasmussen, et al., Terminal Pleistocene Alaskan genome reveals first founding population of Native Americans. Nature 553:203-207. [pdf]

2017 Braje, T.J., T.D. Dillehay, J.M. Erlandson, S.M. Fitzpatrick, D.K. Grayson et al., Were hominins in California ~130,000 years ago? PaleoAmerica 3:200-202. [pdf]

2017 Johannsen, N.N., G. Larson, D.J. Meltzer & M. Vander Linden, A composite window into human history. Science 356:1118-1120. [pdf]

2017 Sikora, M., A. Seguin-Orlando, V. Conde e Sousa, A. Albrechtsen, A. Ko, et al., Ancient genomes show social and reproductive behavior of early Upper Paleolithic foragers. Science 358:659–662. [pdf]

2017 Thomas, K., B.A. Story, M.I. Eren, B. Buchanan, B. Andrews et al., Explaining the origin of fluting in North American Pleistocene weaponry. Journal of Archaeological Science 81:23–30. [pdf]

2016 Pedersen, M., A. Ruter, C. Schweger, H. Friebe, R.A. Staff et al., Postglacial viability and colonization in North America’s ice-free corridor. Nature 537:45-49. [pdf]

2015 Grayson, D.K. and D. J. Meltzer, Revisiting Paleoindian exploitation of extinct North American mammals. Journal of Archaeological Science 56:177-193. [pdf]

2015 Jayalath, K., R.F. Gunst & D.J. Meltzer, Spatial point process identification of an apparent Ice Age house structure. Spatial Statistics 14:563-580. [pdf]

2015 Meltzer, D.J., The Great Paleolithic War: how science forged an understanding of America’s Ice Age past. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

2015 Meltzer, D.J., Kennewick Man: coming to closure. Antiquity 89:1485-1493 [pdf]

2015 Meltzer, D.J., Pleistocene overkill and North American mammalian extinctions. Annual Review of Anthropology 44:33-53. [pdf]

2015 Raghavan, M., M. Steinrücken, K. Harris, S. Schiffels, S. Rasmussen et al., Genomic evidence for the Pleistocene and Recent population history of Native Americans. Science 349:841 [print summary], aab3884-1-aab3884-10 [online article]. [pdf]

2015 Rasmussen, M., M. Sikora, A. Albrechtsen, T.S. Korneliussen, J.V. Moreno-Mayar et al., The ancestry and affiliations of Kennewick man. Nature 523:455-458. [pdf]

2015 Reynard, L., D.J. Meltzer, S.D. Emslie and N. Tuross, Stable isotopes in yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) fossils reveal environmental stability in the Late Quaternary of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Quaternary Research 83:345-354. [pdf]

2014 Eren, M.I., R.J. Patten, M.J. O’Brien and D.J. Meltzer, More on the rumor of ‘Intentional overshot flaking’ and the purported Ice-Age Atlantic crossing. Lithic Technology 39:5-63. [pdf]

2014 Holliday, V.T., T.A. Surovell, D.J. Meltzer, D.K. Grayson and M. Boslough, The Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis: a cosmic catastrophe. Journal of Quaternary Science 29:515-530. [pdf]

2014 Meltzer, D.J., Clovis at the end of the world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 12276-12277. [pdf]

2014 Meltzer, D.J., V.T. Holliday, M.D. Cannon and D.S. Miller, Chronological evidence fails to support claim of an isochronous widespread layer of cosmic impact indicators dated to 12,800 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences E2162-E2171. [pdf]

2014 Rasmussen, M., S. Anzick, M. Waters, P. Skoglund, M. DeGiorgio et al., The genome of a Late Pleistocene human from a Clovis burial site in western Montana. Nature 506:225-229. [pdf]

2013 Eren, M.I., R.J. Patten, M.J. O’Brien and D.J. Meltzer, Refuting the technological cornerstone of the Ice-Age Atlantic crossing hypothesis. Journal of Archaeological Science 40:2934-2941. [pdf]

2012 Boslough, M. et al., Arguments and evidence against a Younger Dryas impact event. In Climates, Landscapes and Civilizations, P. Clift, ed., pp. 13-26. Geophysical Monograph Series 198, American Geophysical Union. [pdf]

2012 Briles, C., C. Whitlock, and D.J. Meltzer. Last glacial-interglacial environments in the southern Rocky Mountains, USA and implications for Younger Dryas-age human occupation. Quaternary Research 77: 96-103. [pdf]

2012 Meltzer, D.J. and O. Bar-Yosef, Looking for the Younger Dryas. In Hunter-gatherer behavior: human response during the Younger Dryas, M.I. Eren, editor, pp. 249-267. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California. [pdf]

2011 Holliday, V.T., D.J. Meltzer, and R. Mandel, Stratigraphy of the Younger Dryas Chronozone and paleoenvironmental implications: Central and Southern Great Plains. Quaternary International 242: 520-533. [pdf]

2011 Meltzer, D.J., Lewis Roberts Binford, 1931-2011. Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences Volume 96

2010 Holliday, V.T. and D.J. Meltzer, The 12.9ka ET impact hypothesis and North American Paleoindians. Current Anthropology 51: 575-607. (Named Archaeology Magazine’s 2010 ‘Undiscovery of the Year’ – we’re pretty sure they intended it as a compliment) [pdf]

2010 Meltzer, D.J., When destiny takes a turn for the worse: William Henry Holmes and, incidentally, Franz Boas in Chicago, 1892-1897. Histories of Anthropology Annual 6: 171-224. [pdf].

2010 Meltzer, D.J. and V.T. Holliday, Would North American Paleoindians have noticed Younger Dryas age climate changes? Journal of World Prehistory 23: 1-41. [pdf]

2009 Meltzer, D.J.,First Peoples in a New World: Colonizing Ice Age America. University of California Press, Berkeley.

2009 Cooper, J.R. and D.J. Meltzer, Investigations at 5GN149, a lithic workshop in the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado. Colorado Archaeology 2: 3-29. [pdf]

2008 Cannon, M.D. and D.J. Meltzer, Explaining variability in early Paleoindian foraging. Quaternary International 191:5-17. [pdf]

2007 Mann, D.H. and D.J. Meltzer, Millennial-scale dynamics of valley fills over the past 12,000 14C years, northeastern New Mexico, USA. Geological Society of America Bulletin 119:1433-1448  [pdf]

2006 Meltzer, D.J., History of research on the Paleo-Indian. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 3, pp. 110-128. D.H. Ubelaker, Volume editor, W.C. Sturtevant, General editor. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C

2006 Meltzer, D.J. Folsom: new archaeological investigations of a classic Paleoindian bison kill. University of California Press, Berkeley.

2005 Balakrishnan, M., C. Yapp, D.J. Meltzer, and J. Theler, Paleoenvironment of the Folsom site ~10,500 14C years B.P. as inferred from the stable isotope composition of fossil land snails. Quaternary Research 63:31-44. [pdf]

2005 Byerly, R.M., J.R. Cooper, D.J. Meltzer, M.E. Hill and J.M. LaBelle, On Bonfire shelter (Texas) as a Paleoindian bison jump: an assessment using GIS and zooarchaeology. American Antiquity 70:595-629. [pdf]

2005 Strauss, L.G., D.J. Meltzer and T. Goebel, Ice Age Atlantis? exploring the Solutrean-Clovis “Connection.” World Archaeology 37:506-531. [pdf]

2004 Cannon, M.D. and D.J. Meltzer, Early Paleoindian foraging: examining the faunal evidence for large mammal specialization and regional variability in prey choice. Quaternary Science Reviews 23:1955-1987. [pdf]

2003 Grayson, D.K. and D.J. Meltzer, Requiem for North American overkill. Journal of Archaeological Science 30:585-593. [pdf]

2002 Meltzer, D.J., What do you do when no one’s been there before? Thoughts on the exploration and colonization of new lands. In The First Americans: the Pleistocene colonization of the New World, edited by N. Jablonski. California Academy of Sciences Memoir 27:25-56.

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