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date: 25 June 2019

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This article examines the archaeology of North America. It highlights the variability in North American Native American cultures, ethnic groups, and languages and discusses anthropologists' attempts to order this variability through the notion of culture areas, a widely used concept that employed a number of criteria to group societies assumed to have a shared history of interaction and adaptation. It evaluates the impact of the arrival of Europeans on North American shores and provides an overview of North American archaeology without mention of the history of Native American and Euro-American interaction.

Keywords: archaeology, North America, cultures, ethnic groups, languages, anthropologists, culture areas, group societies, Europeans, Euro-American interaction

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