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Stone Age Europeans were first native Americans

Published time: February 28, 2012 20:14
Edited time: February 29, 2012 10:40
Diorama of a scene where ancient people are hunting mammoths. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Academy of Sciences, in St. Petersburg (RIA Novosti)

Diorama of a scene where ancient people are hunting mammoths. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Academy of Sciences, in St. Petersburg (RIA Novosti)

Europeans may have been the first people to settle in America, possibly more than ten thousand years before anyone else set foot there.

­A series of European-style tools dating from twenty-six-thousand to nineteen-thousand years ago have been discovered in six separate locations along the east coast of the United States.

Archaeologists previously thought that America was populated by migrants making their way from Siberia to Alaska, and then spreading through the rest of the continent.

But the first of these Asian tribes started moving there about 15,500 years ago – and there is no evidence of human activity in Siberia or Alaska from before that time.

Professors Dennis Stanford and Bruce Bradford, the two archaeologists who made the discovery, suggest Europeans moved across the Atlantic during the peak of Ice Age.

At the time, a vast tranche of ice covered the Atlantic. The Stone Age migrants would have been able to survive the journey by killing seals, hunting the now-extinct great auks (a sort of giant penguin) and fishing. The archaeologists suggest they may have even used boats for large parts of their travel.

Further evidence of their thesis is a knife discovered in Virginia in 1971. Recent tests showed that it was made from French flint.

The new hypothesis is unlikely to change what we know about the Indians who greeted the Europeans upon their arrival.

The Siberian migrants came to America for longer and in greater numbers, and were either wiped out or absorbed by the European tribes.

But it does explain the long-standing mystery of the genetic code and language of some Native American tribes that appear European, not Asian in origin.

Further digs are planned deeper inland up to Texas this year, and will help historians and archaeologists understand just how far the original European colonization went.

Comments (4)


Samuel Warren 12.08.2014 18:33

In the first grade, in 1960, I was "taught" life began in the Tigris Eurphrates river valley. It would be logical because a river is important for life to provide "Water." I know the fact I was taught is a "Lie" because the location is in The Middle East. In my lifetime, all I have ever seen come out of The Middle East is War, Violence and Death. I think, I like the idea that Jor-el, Kal-el, ET,or some other "Alien" delivered the Native Americans to The Good Ole' USA. Thus, Native Americans are unique and those of us who are born later are unique and we don't have to "inherit" the baggage of other nations.


James Wisner 14.11.2013 22:28

Mike (unregistered) 07.06.2012 06:41

Anyone who has even just a couple of college courses knows that "race" is a myth and genetic testing has determined that we all come from a common ancestor.  


This is not true, the three races of Earth do not share the same DNA through and through. The different is some where around 20% and seeing as humans share over 80% DNA with rats and pigs. That says a very large deal about the differences between the Europid, Negroid, and Mongoloid races. The issue is not race, as much as people forgetting the difference between race and nationality.


David Baillie 20.07.2013 19:34

Anyone that believes there are no racial differences is either a liberal or insane, and, in fact, both of those types should be considered the same!!!

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