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Europeans Were First Americans

An extraordinary discovery of European stone tools along the eastern seaboard of the United States indicates that Europeans reached American shores 10,000 years before Siberians came across the ancient Alaskan land bridge.

That doesn't excuse the way we treated the Indians, but it does reveal that America was first discovered by Stone Age Europeans (the Solutrean cultures of France and what is now Spain). Chemical analysis of a European-style stone knife found in Virginia in 1971 revealed that it was made of flint from France.

The largest amount of evidence is likely to come from under the ocean, because most of the areas where the Solutreans would have stepped off the ice onto dry land are now up to 100 miles out to sea.

The Solutreans were probably eclipsed because they had only had a 4,500 year long Ice Age period during which they could migrate, while Asians (who became our Native Americans--NOTE: Subscribers can listen to this extraordinary interview and to this one too) had 15,000 years to come here over the land bridge.

At the peak of the Ice Age, around three million square miles of the North Atlantic was covered in thick ice for all or part of the year. When the Asians arrived, they either obliterated the Europeans or absorbed them.

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"maybe the flint just came to America."
"Are you suggesting flint MIGRATES?"
"It could have been carried by a swallow!"
my ode to Monty Python

This story will be buried, not unlike the artifacts that were discovered after some 4,500 years. Remember Kennewick man, whose skull was found along the Columbia River a few years ago? He was not 'Native American', and his remains go back further than the Solutreans---try at least 7,300 years ago. There was a huge controversy that lasted for years, and included a change in the term 'Native American'.

I don't discount true 'Native Americans', whatever that term really means, and I have a lot of 'Native American' in my bloodline too, on both sides of my family tree. In this case, it wasn't scientists being in denial, but actual 'Native Americans' of the Umatilla tribe who wanted to claim Kennewick man as one of their people, despite the fact that Kennewick man was NOT a genetic match for those who allegedly became the ancestors of the various tribes of Native Americans in North and South America.

Why do archaeologists and paleontologists insist on naming first people to settle this or that continent, and giving dates for something they cannot know? It is all speculation, based, it is true, on available evidence, but speculation nevertheless, and should be presented as such. Archaeology and paleontology are based on rather scant evidence anyway, and even genetic comparisons do not fill in the picture enough to say definitively, these came first, and there was no one else here at that time.

So ‘European’ tools along the east coast might suggest the early presence of caucasian peoples, or mixed human-Neanderthal people, or refugees from Atlantis and other sunken regions; or groups of non-caucasians who traded or exchanged goods with other groups: the truth is that we just do not know. Nor do we know definitively that the ancestors of Native Americans were not in the Americas long before the Bering strait froze over. It is only in the last 20 years that paleontologists, who had previously insisted that Australian Aborigines had been on the continent no more than 10,000 years, found that they were, in fact ,here 40,000 years ago or more.

Even for cultures that left many solid stone artifacts, like the Egyptians, the dates can be far older than is believed. There is good evidence that ancient Egyptian culture, usually said to have arisen around 4,000 years ago, was already in bloom 10-12,000 years ago. Recently, I heard an archaeologist ( a youngish fellow) state definitively that Stone Henge was the oldest structure of its kind, though only about 4,000 years old, completely dismissing the discovery of Gobeliku Tepe (12,000 years old at least), and evidence of a much more ancient Egyptian civilization.

So with all respect to these scholars and their brilliant work, I take their definitive statements with a big dose of salt. I do not think we can ever know who came first, and it was certainly not Europeans because there was no Europe, just a variety of social groups of whom we really know very little. I understand how competitive academia is, and how much it insists on clear, certain answers , but I do think that when they are speculating about a world that has long gone and left scant evidence, a good dose of academic humility is required.

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