El Fin del Mundo

A Clovis Site in Sonora, Mexico

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In a remote desert corner of Sonora, Mexico, the site of El Fin del Mundo offers the first recorded evidence of Paleoindian interactions with gomphotheres, an extinct species related to elephants. The Clovis occupation of North America is the oldest generally accepted and well-documented archaeological assemblage on the continent. This site in Sonora, Mexico, is the northernmost dated late Pleistocene gomphothere and the youngest in North America. It is the first documented intact buried Clovis site outside of the United States, the first in situ Paleoindian site in northwestern Mexico, and the first documented evidence of Clovis gomphothere hunting in North America. The site also includes an associated upland Clovis campsite. This volume also describes a paleontological bone bed below the Clovis level, which includes a rare association of mastodon, mammoth, and gomphothere.

El Fin del Mundo presents and synthesizes the archaeological, geological, paleontological, and paleoenvironmental records of an important Clovis site.

Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales
Jordan Bright
James K. Feathers
Edmund P. Gaines
Thanairi Gamez
Gregory W. L. Hodgins
Vance T. Holliday
Susan M. Mentzer
Carmen Isela Ortega-Rosas
Manuel R. Palacios-Fest
Guadalupe Sánchez
Ismael Sánchez-Morales
Kayla B. Worthey
Kristen Wroth

“Remarkably preserved in a remote desert corner of Sonora, Mexico, El Fin del Mundo records evidence of the first Americans’ interactions with gomphotheres, an extinct species of elephant. In this volume, Holliday et al. present detailed analyses of archaeological finds and the geological and paleoenvironmental contexts from which they were recovered, adding new dimensions to our understanding of the first peoples to colonize the Americas.”—Todd Surovell, author of Barger Gulch: A Folsom Campsite in the Rocky Mountains

“This volume presents detailed archaeological and paleontological research from Sonora, Mexico. With chapters on chronology, geomorphology, artifacts, pollen, phytoliths, and diatoms, this volume offers readers an in-depth glimpse into how many lines of evidence are needed to try to reconstruct North America’s past at the end of the Ice Age. As the oldest dated Clovis site and the youngest dated gomphothere site in North America, perhaps El Fin del Mundo is where Clovis culture was born and gomphotheres came to die.”—Ashley Smallwood, University of Louisville

El Fin del Mundo
270 Pages 8.5 x 11
Published: September 2024Paperback ISBN: 9780816552993
Published: September 2024Ebook ISBN: 9780816553006

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