European’s in America 22,000 years ago.

Dam Bursts: Washington Post reports “Soultrean Theory.”

Ten years ago scientists who talked about ancient Caucasians in North America were denounced as “racists” in the media. Now it is mainstream science backed by the top institutions. In the past two years the entire history of the first inhabitants of North America has been turned upside down.

From Washington Post…

When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp.

Forty years later, this rediscovered prehistoric slasher has reopened debate on a radical theory about who the first Americans were and when they got here.

When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp.

Forty years later, this rediscovered prehistoric slasher has reopened debate on a radical theory about who the first Americans were and when they got here.

Archaeologists have long held that North America remained unpopulated until about 15,000 years ago, when Siberian people walked or boated into Alaska and then moved down the West Coast.

But the mastodon relic found near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay turned out to be 22,000 years old, suggesting that the blade was just as ancient.

Whoever fashioned that blade was not supposed to be here.

Its makers probably paddled from Europe and arrived in America thousands of years ahead of the western migration, making them the first Americans, argues Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Dennis Stanford.

“I think it’s feasible,” said Tom Dillehay, a prominent archaeologist at Vanderbilt University. “The evidence is building up, and it certainly warrants discussion.”

At the height of the last ice age, Stanford says, mysterious Stone Age European people known as the Solutreans paddled along an ice cap jutting into the North Atlantic. They lived like Inuits, harvesting seals and seabirds.

The Solutreans eventually spread across North America, Stanford says, hauling their distinctive blades with them and giving birth to the later Clovis culture, which emerged some 13,000 years ago.

When Stanford proposed this “Solutrean hypothesis” in 1999, colleagues roundly rejected it. One prominent archaeologist suggested that Stanford was throwing his career away.

But now, 13 years later, Stanford and Bruce Bradley, an archaeologist at England’s University of Exeter, lay out a detailed case — bolstered by the curious blade and other stone tools recently found in the mid-Atlantic — in a new book, “Across Atlantic Ice.”

Recent evidence supporting Solutrean Hypothesis

Recent evidence supporting Solutrean Hypothesis

Brazil – 50,000 years ago
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/430944.stm (“Other evidence suggests that these first Americans were later massacred by invaders from Asia” and “Combined with rock art evidence of increasing violence at this time, it appears that the mongoloid people from the north invaded and wiped out the original Americans.”)

Phoenicians – Brazil
http://www.phoenicia.org/brazil.html

Cactus Hill – Virginia – 18,000 years ago
http://old.nationalreview.com/weekend/anthropology/anthropology-miller060901.shtml (“They also found evidence to support one of the most provocative developments of our time: the growing suspicion among physical anthropologists, archaeologists, and even geneticists that some of the first people who settled in the New World were Europeans.”)

Topper – South Carolina – 16,000-50,000 years ago
http://www.archaeology.org/online/news/topper.html (“In 1998, Goodyear put the Topper site on the map with his discovery of artifacts that seemed to predate the early Clovis culture that flourished in North America beginning some 13,000 years ago, long the conventional date for the first human colonization of the New World.”)

Meadowcroft Rockshelter – Pennsylvania – 13,000-19,000 years ago
http://people.delphiforums.com/MCCONAUGHY/Meadowcroft/meadow.htm

Saltville – Virginia – 14,500 years ago
http://www.cr.nps.gov/seac/outline/02-paleoindian/se_paleo/04-initial.htm

Mexico – 13,000 years ago
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2538323.stm (“The latest dating is not only confirmation that humans were present in the Americas much earlier than 12,000 years ago, but also that they were not related to early native Americans.”)

Arlington Springs Woman – California – 13,000 years ago
http://www.sbnature.org/research/anthro/charling.htm

Monte Verde, Chile – 12,500 years ago; hearth charcoal dated 33,000 years ago
http://www.unl.edu/rhames/monte_verde/MonteVerde.htm

Schafer, Hebior, Mud Lake – Wisconsin – 12,000 years ago
http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/abstract_97188.htm
http://www.woollymammoth.org/

Sloth Hole – Florida – 12,000 years ago
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/natsci/vertpaleo/aucilla10_1/SHsite.htm

Little Salt Spring – Florida – 12,000 years ago
http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/001730.html

Windover Pond – Florida – 9,000 years ago
http://archaeology.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.nbbd.com/godo/history/windover/

European skull – West Virginia – 1,300 years ago
http://www.prehistoricplanet.com/wv/features/petroglyphman/index.htm (“The Skull, that of an adult male, was sufficiently preserved to recognize a unique brachycephalic (round headed) feature indicating a possible European origin” and “Mitochondrial DNA was extracted from the roots of the teeth and compared to previously cataloged DNA sequences from ethnic groups around the world. No association was found among North American groups. The closest DNA matches were European.”)

Toloquilla Quarry, Mexico – 1,300,000 years ago
http://news.thomasnet.com/IMT/archives/2005/12/volcanic_ash_mi.html?t=archive (“If these really are (human) footprints, and they were made 1.3 million years ago, that would be absolutely revolutionary.”)

BBC News: Solutrean Hypothesis gaining steam!

BBC News: Solutrean Hypothesis gaining steam!

From the BBC:

Stone tools ‘demand new American story’

The long-held theory of how humans first populated the Americas may have been well and truly broken.

Archaeologists have unearthed thousands of stone tools that predate the technology widely assumed to have been carried by the first settlers.

The discoveries in Texas are seen as compelling evidence that the so-called Clovis culture does not represent America’s original immigrants.

Details of the 15,500-year-old finds are reported in Science magazine.

A number of digs across the Americas in recent decades had already hinted that the “Clovis first” model was in serious trouble.

But the huge collection of well-dated tools excavated from a creek bed 60km (40 miles) northwest of Austin mean the theory is now dead, argue the Science authors.

“This is almost like a baseball bat to the side of the head of the archaeological community to wake up and say, ‘hey, there are pre-Clovis people here, that we have to stop quibbling and we need to develop a new model for peopling of the Americas’,” Michael Waters, a Texas A&M University anthropologist, told reporters.

For 80 years, it has been argued that the Clovis culture was the first to sweep into the New World.

These people were defined by their highly efficient stone-tool technology. Their arrow heads and spear points were formidable hunting weapons and were used to bring down the massive beasts of the Ice Age, such as mammoth, mastodon and bison.

Clovis first?

The hunter gatherers associated with this technology were thought to have crossed from Siberia into Alaska via a land bridge that became exposed when sea levels dropped. Evidence indicates this occurred as far back as about 13,500 years.

But an increasing number of archaeologists have argued there was likely to have been an earlier occupation based on the stone tools that began turning up at dig sites with claimed dates of more than 15,000 years.

Dr Waters and colleagues say this position is now undeniable in the light of the new artefacts to emerge from the Debra L Friedkin excavation.

These objects comprise 15,528 items in total – a variety of chert blades, bladelets, chisels, and abundant flakes produced when making or repairing stone tools.

The collection was found directly below sediment containing classic Clovis implements. The dating – which relied on a technique known as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) that can tell how long minerals have been buried – is robust, says the team. And, they add, the observed sequence is also reliable; the sediments have not been mixed up after the tools were dropped.

“The sediments were very rigid in the fact that they were clay, which worked to our advantage,” explained Lee Nordt from Baylor University. “If you go to many other sites, they are loamy or sandy in texture, and they are mixed very rapidly by burrowing from animals or maybe from plant roots, etc.”

Getting around

The newly discovered tools are small, and the researchers propose that they were designed for a mobile toolkit – something that could be easily packed up and moved to a new location. Although clearly different from Clovis tools, they share some similarities and the researchers suggest Clovis technology may even have been derived from the capabilities displayed in the earlier objects.

“The Debra L Friedkin site demonstrates that people were in the Americas at least 2,500 years before Clovis,” said Dr Waters.

“The discovery provides ample time for Clovis to develop. People could experiment with stone and invent the weapons and tools that would potentially become recognizable as Clovis. In other words, [these tools represent] the type of assemblage from which Clovis could emerge.”

But anthropologist Tom Dillehay, who was not involved with the latest study, commented: “The ‘Clovis first’ paradigm died years ago. There are many other accepted pre-Clovis candidates throughout the Americas now.”

Professor Dillehay, from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, told BBC News: “If you look at the prose of this paper, it bothers me a little bit because it’s as if they are reconstituting the Clovis-Pre-Clovis debate and saying, ‘Here’s the site that kills it’.”

He commended the researchers on their well-presented data and “tight discussion”. But he said that the OSL technique was less reliable than radiocarbon dating, which has been applied to other early American sites.

And assigning the artefacts to Clovis and pre-Clovis technologies was not straightforward because the site lacked the projectile points required to reliably distinguish between the two. Clovis projectile points are unmistakeable.

In addition, said the Vanderbilt anthropology professor, the tools come from a floodplain deposit that is just 6-7cm thick. This, he said, was “potentially problematic” because of the possibility that artefacts were transported around by water.

Professor Gary Haynes, from the University of Nevada in Reno, US, praised the “good work” by the research team.

But he said it was plausible that natural processes could have caused some stone tools to migrate downwards in the clay – giving the impression of a pre-Clovis layer.

SPLC continues to whine about White Apocalypse

Not since Lord of the Rings has the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) been so upset over a fictional story.

Today, on their blog, the SPLC published yet another post about White Apocalypse. This time, the SPLC staffer who wrote the article, Leah Nelson, appears upset that my fictional novel about a controversy involving prehistory is sold on Amazon.com while pornographic material is not. The title of the article Nelson wrote is–I kid you not–“Amazon Often Rejects Porn But Helps White Racists Publish Books.”

 

Nelson recounts in her article how Amazon prohibits “incest-fantasy and other erotica” and how the company also removed from its website a disgusting Kindle book entitled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure and another book entitled How to Rape a Straight Guy. Why Nelson is obsessed with books on “incest-fantasy,” pedophilia, and rape and finds it unfair that those books are unavailable for purchase is beyond me.

 

But then again, according to a prominent liberal blogger, Morris Dees, the co-founder of the SPLC, was rather perverted. Here is what he had to say:

Here are two pages from his divorce proceedings. . . .

[I]t appears that Dees enjoyed peeping on his 16 year old daughter when she was naked. Also, at age 16, he appears to have either attempted to have sex with her or at the very least acted very inappropriately with her. I understand why men chase 16-year olds, but if you get caught, you are going down hard. The law’s the law. But what kind of a guy peeps on and tries to seduce his own 16 daughter, step-daughter or not?

Morris Dees, sexually, is simply a creep. I hate to say it, but it’s true. He’s more than a womanizer; he’s an emotionally destroying monster. He’s a sexual psychopath and an emotional terrorist. . . .

In 1978, Dees conducted an affair with a woman, Vicki Booker McGaha. He told the wife over and over he was going to knock it off, but then kept going back to her. Finally he dragged both women over to the house and played sick emotional power games with them, almost making them fight over him, toying with them like a cat toys with a mouse before it kills it.

[The entire article about Dees contains too many perverse stories to list in this brief post.]

I will conclude with a closing thought with what a prominent conservative figure told me with regards to the SPLC whining about my novel: “The SPLC is angry because their calender featuring Heidi Beirich in a thong and Mark Potok in a teddy [outfit] never sold well.”