Monte Verde, Puerto Montt

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Monte Verde is an archaeological site in southern Chile, located near Puerto Montt, Southern Chile, which has been dated to as early as 18,500 BP (16,500 B.C.). Until recently, the widely published date has been 14,800 years BP. This dating added to the evidence showing that the human settlement of the Americas pre-dates the Clovis culture by roughly 1000 years. This contradicts the previously accepted "Clovis first" model which holds that settlement of the Americas began after 13,500 BP. The Monte Verde findings were initially dismissed by most of the scientific community, but in recent years the evidence has become more accepted in some archaeological circles, There is as yet no consensus, and vocal "Clovis First" advocates remain.Paleoecological evidence of the coastal landscape's ability to sustain human life further supports a "Coastal migration" model. However, as of 2009 no archaeological evidence has been found of pre-Clovis humans using a coastal migration route.HistoryDiscoveryThe site was discovered in late 1975 when a veterinary student visited the area of Monte Verde, where severe erosion was occurring due to logging. The student was shown a strange "cow bone" collected by nearby peasants who had found it exposed in the eroded Chinchihuapi Creek. The bone later proved to be from a gomphothere. Tom Dillehay, an American anthropologist and professor at the Universidad Austral de Chile at the time, started excavating Monte Verde in 1977.
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  • We visited the place for different reports that we have read about, and being aware of the importance of this, on a trip to southern chile we decided to go out, we checked the location and schedule on the official website, and unfortunately when you arrive after bad signaling path we have closed archaeological site, call the contact telephone and didn't answer. A pity not respected the timetable or published is her importance to the dissemination of this destination.
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  • Chiloé road 20 minutes down a dirt road you reach monteverde, entrance face and little to do for what it could do, for whatever is not attend properly to this little corner of history
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  • This place is world famous among anthropologists. It is a pity that there isn't much more that of a caregiver's very willingness to educate those who are going to visit. If you go, tipping him please, because if not, not worth
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