The Americas Connected Series
Locale was swamps or wetlands during that period.
At the same time that I was last in Mexico . . . the summer of 2000 . . . a Scottish geologist-archaeologist dated footprints in wet volcanic ashes near Mexico City to the same time period. Her interpretation was supported by Mexican archaeologists, but she was so bitterly attacked by academicians in the United States that she dropped out of the public’s view.
Earlier, in the previous decade, a team of archaeologists from the United States found what they interpreted as a small village site on the shores of Lake Chalco in Metro Mexico City. The skeletons were proto-Polynesians. When they announced radiocarbon dates from 18,000 to 25,000 BC, there were bitter attacks from other academicians in the USA. These dissenters evidently had political influence in Mexico. Suddenly, the President of Mexico ordered the archaeological permit for this site revoked. It was quickly bulldozed and converted into a recreation center and public park.