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About 4, 000 years ago, migrating Native Americans settled in the fertile valleys and coastal areas of what is present day Chile.
The current prevalent theories are that the initial arrival of humans to the continent took place either along the Pacific coast southwards in a rather rapid expansion long preceding the Clovis culture, or even trans-Pacific migration.
These theories are backed by findings in the Monte Verde archaeological site, which predates the Clovis site by thousands of years.
Specific early human settlement sites from the very early human habitation in Chile include the Cueva del Milodon and the Pali Aike Crater's lava tube.