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NOVA; America’s Stone Age Explorers


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America’s Stone Age Explorers
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Who were the first Americans and where did they come from? The conventional view is that ancient big-game hunters entered the Americas across the Bering land bridge - a strip of dry land that spanned the Bering Strait between Asia and Alaska during the last Ice Age some 12,000 years ago. But in recent years, a wave of startling discoveries has overturned that idea. The first Americans almost certainly came thousands of years earlier, traveling in skin boats and living off sea mammals along the edge of the ice. Now a truly provocative theory has stirred a storm of disbelief and argument among archaeologists. A leading prehistorian at the Smithsonian Institution claims that some of these first canoe-borne migrants came not from Asia but Europe, and that they crossed the Atlantic in skin boats by following the fringes of the ice sheets. This Stone Age detective story reveals that the peopling of the Americas is a far more tantalizing riddle than anyone had ever suspected.



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Chicago: “NOVA; America’s Stone Age Explorers,” 03/10/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9FB5F3900E7B4AF688C273204F7BEBBF.
MLA: “NOVA; America’s Stone Age Explorers.” 03/10/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9FB5F3900E7B4AF688C273204F7BEBBF>.
APA: NOVA; America’s Stone Age Explorers. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9FB5F3900E7B4AF688C273204F7BEBBF
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