At the height of the last ice age, [Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Dennis] 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.Hat tip: Instapundit.
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.”
Friday, March 02, 2012
The Indians stole America from the European settlers?
My oikophobic liberal friends talk endlessly about how we colonialists "stole" America from the "native" American-Indian population. It is, of course, well-known that the "native" Indians came from Asia. Newly discovered artifacts, however, raise the possibility that America was first populated by Europeans. The Washington Post reports: