March 03, 2004
Eight to nine-thousand year old stone tools recovered from California's Channel Islands resemble those used for boat-building much more recently by Chumash Indians. Some see this fishing equipment as evidence for boat-building technology that may have allowed for initial human settlement of the Americas by sea rather than by the Bering land bridge. Count the Flea among those sticking to received wisdom in the absence of further evidence. Coastal sailing techniques do not lend themselves necessarily to blue water exploration and colonization.
"Until you find the boats there will remain a cadre of archaeologists who will insist on not accepting this," Professor Fladmark told BBC News Online. "Sea level rise since the last Ice Age flooded much of the coastline of North America, presumably drowning any possible evidence of early coastal migrations," Prof Raab added.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 3, 2004 10:48 AM