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HAS MONTHLY MEETING 16th January, 2020

"An Update on the Peopling of the Americas" - Wilson W. “Dub” Crook

Linda Gorski
The first meeting of the Houston Archeological Society in 2020 will be held on Thursday, January 16, 6:30pm. at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center located at 1414 Wirt Road in West Houston. Social meeting and snacks begin at 6:30pm. with the program beginning at 7pm. Long-time HAS member, Wilson W. "Dub" Crook, will give a presentation on “An Update on the Peopling of the Americas”.

The story of who were the first settlers in North America has been one of great interest to many Americans since the late 1800s when some of the first archeological discoveries on the continent were made. It has also been the subject of intense, sometimes very acrimonious debate among researchers. With the discovery of the first Clovis sites in New Mexico and Colorado in the 1930s, a theory developed that the makers of these characteristic fluted projectile points represented the earliest people on the North American continent. Known as “Clovis First”, the theory grew in acceptance to the point that it almost became scientific law. Starting in the 1950s, a number of sites were found which began to challenge the Clovis First theory. Growing up with an archeologist who was part of the debate in the 1950s and 1960s, Dub is very familiar with most of the researchers on both sides of the argument. He has also visited many of the sites which purport to be older than Clovis.

In 2013, Dub gave the HAS a presentation of the state of the debate on the Peopling of the Americas at that time. However, over the past seven years, a great many new discoveries have been made which demonstrate conclusively that human beings were in the North American continent well before the beginning of the Clovis culture around 13,500 years ago. In his presentation, Dub will review the key characteristics of the Clovis culture and then present the evidence from 16 older-than-Clovis sites across North America including the recently published Cerutti Mastodon site in California which purports to be 130,000 years old. The recent older-than-Clovis discoveries from Texas at the Debra L. Friedkin and Gault sites will be highlighted including the new terminology proposed by Dr. Tom Williams that all older-than-Clovis sites in North America be referred to as the “Upper Paleolithic”.

Mr. Crook is a Life Member (Fellow) of the Houston Archeological Society, a Life Member of the Dallas Archeological Society, a member of the Texas Archeological Society, a member of the Center for the Study of the First Americans, a Life Member of the Gault School of Archeological Research, a Research Fellow with the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory in Austin, and a Fellow of the Leakey Foundation. He is also an Archeological Steward for the State of Texas. He is the author of 155 papers in the field of archeology and has recently published his third book titled The Archeology and History of Paul’s Missionary Cities which is available on Amazon.

Parking at the Trini Mendenhall Center is free of charge. We have a huge meeting room in the community center so bring a snack to share and come join us!!!  For more information about this program or about the Houston Archeological Society, please contact Linda Gorski, at



HAS Journal No. 141 is now available. Complimentary copies may be obtained by HAS members at the monthly meetings. Non-HAS members may purchase copies through Go to the HAS Journals Section for a link to the publication on the website. Alternatively, copies may be purchased at the HAS Monthly Meetings.

HAS REPORT #33 (Woodlands: New Discovery of a Small Acheulean Site in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa by Wilson "Dub" Crook III) NOW AVAILABLE

Report #33 Woodlands: New Discovery of a Small Acheulean Site in the Eastern Cape Province, Republic of South Africa. This report highlights Dub’s continuing work on sites in South Africa. This publication is available free to members of the Society. Members should make sure that they collect their copy of this report at the next monthly meeting. If you wish to purchase additional copies then you can find them on You can find the appropriate links in our List section.

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