Lots of exciting developments in the last few years, my dear friends. In particular, the old "Clovis Barrier" is now completely fallen... Humans were in the Americas many thousands of years earlier than previously thought. See this, for example:
4 April 2008. "DNA From Fossil Feces Breaks Clovis Barrier." By Michael Balter. "An international team reports online in Science this week what some experts consider the strongest evidence yet for an earlier peopling of the Americas: 14,000-year-old ancient DNA from fossilized human excrement (coprolites), found in caves in south-central Oregon."
The really big news in American prehistory is the new research that the fabled Clovis Hunters were actually the Solutreans! Of course it has been academic dogma for a few generations now that the Clovis Hunters were the earliest humans in America. But this theory has now been finally completely discredited -- and I'm surprised it took them so long...
"You've probably heard of those crackpot theories about ancient Phoenicians or Chinese in the New World. Maybe it's time to start paying attention.." So begins the recent article by Marc K. Stengel in THE ATLANTIC. This article is quite important because for the first time it tries to present a different picture of ancient American history in such an important publication that people tend to pay attention to. (It sure does seem like some people were ahead of others when trying to call attention to these important - but unfortunately so completely neglected by the academe - aspects of American history. Yes, yours truly has been laboring in this particular vineyard for quite a few years..) The Diffusionists Have Landed! Check it out,
January 2000 ATLANTIC MONTHLY ARTICLE
Was the original homeland of Polynesians really in the American Pacific North-West? Did Polynesians really originate... in Canada? Actually, this is what the Polynesian traditions, themselves, seem to say. Quite a few more links to my other articles on this subject are available in this file.
Above is an old archival image of NWC Indian mariners. You can see more in the file above.
General discussion about the origins of American culture, and how the academe is not doing its job investigating the truth about them. Kuhn, American Archaeology, and Isolationism.
This evidence about old copper is quite amazing. For such a long time, nobody seemed interested! But now, since the Clovis Point is suggested to have come to America from Europe ca 15000 years ago, this evidence appears to receive plenty of new validation. Old Copper Culture in America.
This article is about the rongorongo puzzles. This is the mysterious writing system of Easter Island.
Now, when there appears to have occurred a revolution in American prehistory, perhaps a similar revolution in Polynesian prehistory is in the cards? Isolationist anthropology seems to be on its way out! Dumbing down Polynesia, or the betrayal of history.
And here is a file I'm adding in February 2000, "11 techniques of denial of uncomfortable evidence in archaeology. Or how to look the other way when reality is knocking on your door."
"Their public reputation demands that in the subject in which they teach no one should have discovered anything which they have not already discovered." (Thomas Hobbes, letter to Samuel Sorbiere)
Here are some earlier additions to this webpage (these ones added in Aug '98, and they deal mostly with Easter Island and the Kensington Rune Stone).
These files were added in Dec '98, and they deal with the Lapita problem. Was the Lapita culture of ancient Western Polynesia really the parent culture from which Polynesians originated? This doesn't seem so to me, although academic Polynesianists seem to be very united about this. There are more than enough reasons to question this unanimity.
Here are the files dealing with the history of Easter Island and Polynesia. Easter Island is a very unusual place by all accounts. Here you will find the evidence indicating that it was visited by ancient Americans. But also, a much wider American influence in ancient Polynesia is documented in these articles.
This file was added in March '98. Everything you've ever wanted to know about those notorious "cocaine mummies" from Egypt. This is the subject that created plenty of controversy in archaeology discussion areas on the Net recently. This article is available from the British Channel 4.
Here are the discussions dealing with that rather notorious, and much misunderstood Kensington Rune Stone of Minnesota. This has probably been the hottest subject of discussion in sci.archaeology for the last year (up to Aug '98). I think these discussions have pretty well established that KRS is both authentic and important.
These are general sorts of discussions about transoceanic contacts in ancient times. You will find lots of files in there...
These are the exchanges dealing with ancient navigation in general. Just sailor's tales? Not quite. Some of ancient tribal peoples were skillful navigatiors many thousands of years ago already. Of course we know how good Polynesians were and still are at navigating oceans. But Polynesians must have had their skills before they got to their islands. Only makes sense...
Articles about the mystery of the horse in America. Many Native Americans insist that they were riding and breeding horses many centuries before the Spanish ever made it to America. Their tribal memories are customarily put down, ignored, and disregarded by our mainstream scholars. Yes, this is an extremely obscure subject. Even those few researchers who focus on such matters are not really in the know. So find out what I've been able to find out about all this so far.
Following are some files dealing with ancient transmission of various ancient agricultural mainstays. This is some of the best evidence for transoceanic migrations in ancient times we have at this point.
Here are some new files dealing with maize.
Here's a discussion about the sweet potato (kumara), a plant that was extremely important to ancient peoples all around the Pacific basin. This discussion is about the general background of transmission. And also there's some information there about the manioc.
This discussion is about the bananas in America. Bananas are generally believed to have arrived to America from Asia. But when?
These are the discussion dealing with the very interesting theory proposed by Mark McMenamin about some mysterious designs that are found on some ancient Phoenician coins. Could those be very early world maps? Find out more. BUT ALSO, there are a few other articles filed there about coins, especially about coins as possible indicators of ancient transoceanic contacts.
These discussions here deal with ancient languages and writing in the context of transoceanic cultural contacts.
Barry Fell, who died a few years ago, was a very famous researcher and author who studied especially the ancient inscriptions around the world, and who claimed to have deciphered quite a few of them. He was a founder of the Epigraphic Society, and very controversial in his time. Of course his research is still quite controversial. Check here to see a recent discussion of his work.
Was there an ancient global trade in shells, the items that are very highly valued by aboriginal peoples all over the world? Sounds incredible, doesn't it? This was quite a heated discussion for a while. I first came by this info while reading an article by Prof. George Carter.
All these exchanges are from 1997.
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