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Clovis point sheds light on ancient people

A rare clovis point found in the Tucson basin is shedding new light on the earliest North American human settlers.

These Clovis people, as they’re now called, are the predecessors of the ancestors of Native Americans. They hunted and gathered all over the continent and in the Southwest, they primarily inhabited New Mexico and the San Pedro basin, which runs north from Sonora, Mexico, along the San Pedro River in Southeastern Arizona. As a result, the bulk of the state’s Clovis points are found at mammoth kill-sites near Naco and Sierra Vista.

But a find in the Tucson basin, which roughly covers the area between the Santa Rita Mountains and north Tucson, could indicate a broader inhabitancy, Vokes said.

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