Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great read for those who like stories of discovery.
Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has focused much of his research on this question, one of the most hotly debated topics in North American archaeology. After 130 years of scientists asking this question, we still do not have a definitive answer, although we are making progress in finding older and older human sites. Dr.