Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Deep underground in a flooded cave system in the Yucatan’s remote jungles, divers discover a huge underwater pit littered with a treasure trove of bones: more than 20 extinct species—and a nearly complete human skeleton of a teenage woman. Painstaking investigation reveals a unique time capsule preserving an astonishing glimpse of Ice Age life in America. But who was the girl? Where did she come from? What did she look like and how did she die? In “FIRST FACE OF AMERICA,” viewers go on an incredible journey—from stunning Mexican caves to the Alaskan wilderness, to leading genomics and forensics labs—to witness groundbreaking new finds that are rewriting the story of the forgotten First Americans who ventured into our vast continent.

“NOVA: FIRST FACE OF AMERICA” will be available on DVD May 1, 2018. The run time of the program is approximately 60 minutes on 1 disc and the SRP is $24.99. The program is also available for digital download.

My Thoughts

Our world is filled with mysteries, and there is nothing more exciting than when one of them is unearthed. In NOVA: FIRST FACE OF AMERICA, we learn something new about our own human origins. When flood waters receded in a cave in Mexico, an ancient skeleton was found. As scientists study her remains, they learn a great deal about what her life may have been like. They also learn many new things about America, because these bones are the oldest yet to be discovered in this part of the world.

I remember watching this documentary when it first came out on television. It's so exciting to see new discoveries being made. Even though the skeleton leaves more questions than answers, it does tell us that there were people in America long before historians had previously believed. The amount that was learned from this one single person is amazing. When this young girl lost her life so long ago, she never imaged the impact her short life would have 13,000 years after her death.  That is what makes this show so exciting. Anyone who loves history or archaeology is going to enjoy watching this documentary.