Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy
In order for there to be a land bridge at the Bering Straight the water level had to drop 400 feet. This would have opened the coast to easy access by foot or small island hopping boats. The ice free corridor in Alberta would have been a much more difficult route and really doesn't make sense. If the water lever dropped that much it would also open a route from Europe. DNA test of eastern aboriginal populations indicates European origins.
Findings in central and south America indicate Hawaiian and Aborigine (Australia) origins. The southern tip of Argentina suggest African. The standard story of the Bering Land bridge is falling apart. The site in Siberia where they formerly thought the Clovis point originate have been found to be younger than those in the US, so migration may have been two way street.
I disagree with pretty much everything you say, but hey that's what makes the world go around.
I have a few geological courses under my belt. Grew up knowing a few archaeologists from my Dad's days teaching at Uni and have participated in several digs.
My own personal find flint collection of atl atl, arrow and spear points numbers pretty close to 200 pieces and yes they are both surface finds and legal.
And yes I have a couple of beautiful Paleo's.
The Bering land bridge is reasonably well accepted and although I have never seen hydrological soundings I am almost positive the water is far far shallower there than draining the North Atlantic to allow crossings from Northern Europe.
I had friends on the Yukon Bluefish dig and it still looks like a land bridge is viable.
Clovis points are named after Clovis, New Mexico where they were originally found.
You are indeed however correct in that several different waves and routes were probably taken and you are also correct that they could have gone back and forth.
Sea routes and coastal land routes as well as an ice free corridor are pretty well accepted.
The ice free corridor through Alberta again is pretty well established and would have been a perfectely viable route.
The question is more when and how many times did it open and close?
Many areas of Canada were never glaciated and in fact parts of Alberta never saw a glacier.
Cypress Hills is an excellent example of that.
DNA typing in the Americas shows Polynesian influences not Hawaiian and they of course were seafarers.
I am first generation from the UK and my ancestors were from Kent.
My own personal DNA analysis shows markers from the Sami people who exsisted in
the Scandanavian cultures as well as in Russia.
Obviously a viking or two in the old family woodpile.
Those same aboriginal markers also show up in various native aboriginal tribes in Canada and the United States.
I doubt it will qualify me for a treaty card anytime soon but it certainly does seem to indicate ancient travel from Russia to North America.
Meadowcroft and Cactus Hill sites in the States are well known and well dug.
Chronological testing is intense and is really nailing down the dating.
Its about 15 or 16,000 years old.
Monte Verde in SA is the same deal.
Its well known and well dug.
Very well tested also.
15 or 16,000 years old.