Europeans Were Here First!


The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from present-day France and Spain.

This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago.

The new thinking was outlined here Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The tools don’t match

Recent studies have suggested that the glaciers that helped form the bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska began receding around 17,000 to 13,000 years ago, leaving very little chance that people walked from one continent to the other.

Also, when archaeologist Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Institution places American spearheads, called Clovis points, side-by-side with Siberian points, he sees a divergence of many characteristics.

Instead, Stanford said today, Clovis points match up much closer with Solutrean-style tools, which researchers date to about 19,000 years ago. This suggests that the American people making Clovis points made Solutrean points before that.

There’s just one problem with this hypothesis — Solutrean toolmakers lived in France and Spain. Scientists know of no land-ice bridge that spanned the Atlantic.

The lost hunting party

Stanford has an idea for how humans crossed the Atlantic, though — boats. Art from that era indicates that Solutrean populations in northern Spain were hunting marine animals, such as seals, walrus and tuna.

They may have even made their way into the floating ice chunks that unite immense harp seal populations in Canada and Europe each year.

Four million seals, Stanford said, would look like a pretty good meal to hungry European hunters, who might have ventured onto the ice floes much the same way that the Inuit in Alaska and Greenland do today.

Inuit use large, open hunting boats constructed from animal skins for longer trips or big hunts. These boats, called umiaq, can hold a dozen adults, as well as several children, dead seals or walruses, and even dog-sled teams.

Inuit have been building these boats for thousands of years, and Stanford believes that Solutrean people may have used a similar design.

It’s possible that some groups of these hunters ventured out as far as Iceland, where they may have gotten caught up in the prevailing currents and were carried to North America.

“You get three boats loaded up like this and you would have a viable population,” Stanford said. “You could actually get a whole bunch of people washing up on Nova Scotia.”

Some scientists believe that the Solutrean peoples were responsible for much of the cave art in Europe.

Opponents of Stanford’s work ask why, then, would these people stop producing art once they made it to North America?

“I don’t know,” Stanford said. “But you’re looking at a long distance inland, 100 miles or so, before they would get to caves to do art in.”

2 Responses to “Europeans Were Here First!”

  1. Contessa Says:

    This is an article I came upon and instantly thought of Naui, the fake Indigenous (aka illegal alien from Mexico) who touts his ridiculous, unfounded claims that somehow the Mayans, Aztecs and other tribes from south of the border actually lived in the U.S. (sorry, but no such evidence exists to say that they lived in Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, ARkansas, Hawaii, Oregon, etc.).

    Naui’s baseless claims are only a smoke-screen b/c he doesn’t and cannot have any sound arguments to defend the proposition that somehow U.S. immigration laws don’t apply to illegal immigrants from Mexico, or to defend the use of taxpayer money to provide benefits to illegal alien Mexicans.

  2. Border Raven Says:

    This site shows the geologic changes of the Earth, and may help you understand.

    This site may help Naui and his clan, understand their origins.

    This site is a relational-timeline, of developments in Mexico, Europe, Americas, and the World.

    (Of note is the migration of the Aztecs, from Aztlan to the Valley of Anahuac, effective surrendering their claim on Aztlan.)

    The Aztecs
    By the 13th century the entire region, then called the Valley of Anahuac, was occupied by assorted rival city-states. Among the last to arrive on the scene was the nomadic tribe of the Mexica (pronounced may-SHEE-ka), more commonly known as the Aztecs, who ended a long migration from their northern homeland, Aztlan, by settling in the Valley marshlands.

    The Aztecs considered themselves the chosen people of the sun and war god Huitzilopochtli. After coming upon an eagle perched on a cactus devouring a snake, a sign foretold in ancient tribal prophecy, the Aztecs founded Tenochtitlan, their capital, on an island in Lake Texcoco. They sustained themselves there for half a century by acting as mercenaries for the mighty Tepanecs of Azcapotzalco, but eventually rose up against their rulers, effectively seizing power over the valley.


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