Ice Age Columbus ~ Who Were the First Americans?
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(Jan 01, 2005)
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No one doubts that Asians crossed the land bridge which connected Alaska and Siberia during the Last Glacial Maximum, but a lot of evidence has emerged which suggests that they weren't the first Stone Age people to set foot on the continent. For various reasons, many of them political, these recent discoveries haven't penetrated into our public school system--let alone the public consciousness--but it's clear now that the early history of the Americas is much more complicated than we have been led to believe. The story is one of successive waves of migration from all around the world. In fact, there is reason to believe that the true "Native Americans" could have been Solutreans from what is now France.
This is called the Salutrean Hypothesis. Strange as the idea may be to people who have never heard of it before, the idea that the original Americans may have come from Europe is based on solid archeological and DNA evidence. In the first case, various cutting tools like spear points and arrowheads have been discovered in Virginia which were created using Solutrean technology--a Stone Age flint technology which only existed in certain regions in France at that time. The presence of Solutreans in the northeast is also supported by the DNA evidence, which shows that some North American tribes share a common ancestor with present-day Europeans identified by Mitochondrial DNA Hapologroup X.Read more ›
This is part of a continuum of new knowledge that got kick-started by the discovery, also in the 1990s, of "Kennewick Man"'s skeleton inland from Portland, Oregon, who, many scientist insist, was almost certainly a white European -- or rather a "European-American" from 10,000 B.C. (Indians demanded that his skeleton be immediately given to them -- for proper Indian burial as per federal law or so it could not be studied?)
Whatever one's leanings, this drama-documentary provides a gripping education regarding Ice Age life for Europeans, the harshness of life then, the huge and dangerous animals they faced and hunted (mammoths) or ran from (saber-tooths) and the incredible character and innovativeness needed to survive a transatlantic journey 17,000 years ago. One learns to truly care for the individuals whom fate first sent over the ocean, and this is based on a minimalist script without any hokey Hollywoodism, fine acting (especially by the actress playing "Zia") and interviews with recognized anthropological experts of the Stone Age and ancient North America.Read more ›
This was the time of the last ice age. Half of the Atlantic was covered with ice. People crossed Atlantic in small boats along the edge of the iced region. DNA analysis confirms this theory. Some Indian tribes have a significant admixture of European mtDNA. Another proof is that these people developed unique stone tools, which are found frequently in Europe and same tools are found in America. Carbon dating shows their age is close to 17000 years.
The Solutrean-Clovis connection is the theory of the peopling of the American continents that suggests that Upper Paleolithic Solutrean culture is ancestral to Clovis culture. Recently a new article appeared in Science magazine (Vol. 320. no. 5872, p. 37 (2008)) titled "DNA From Fossil Feces Breaks Clovis Barrier". This article provides the strongest ever DNA evidence to the history of colonization of America by European Solutrean people.
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Excellent video about the first people to discover North America. This documentary will upset some people though.Published 6 months ago by Dan
"Ice Age Columbus" is a Discovery Channel docu-drama, claiming that the Clovis people (long regarded as the first humans to reach the American continent) were White Europeans... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Ashtar Command
A marvelous mixture of facts (ice ages and early human settlements) and the unknown, weaved together to create a great video. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Grant
I have watched this gripping documentary over and over with friends and family. I recommend it to anyone interested in American history.Published on February 10, 2011 by KNIGHT CRUSADER
This film was totally marvelous in its presentation of technological application to understanding our pre-history of the Ice Age. Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Lunaris Sinus
Ice Age Columbus contemplates the notion that Europeans migrated to the American continent 17,000 years ago, long before Asians arrived across the Bering strait. Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Herbert Sloop Mellecium
If you have ever wondered how the North American continent was ever settled before the Europeans or even the Indians for that matter, you might find this CD intriguing and... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by William A. Soop