noun[usually as modifier] Archaeology
A Paleo-Indian culture of Central and North America, dated to about 11,500–11,000 years ago and earlier. The culture is distinguished by heavy, leaf-shaped stone spearheads. Compare with Folsom2.
- Despite such arguments, the Clovis culture model remained powerful.
- This Clovis culture was assumed to have lasted from about 12,000 BP (years before present) to about 10,000 BP.
- Whether or not the Clovis culture turns out to represent the first Americans, they were the first people on this continent to develop weaponry that allowed them to go one-on-one against big, dangerous game.
First found near Clovis1, New Mexico.
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